An exploration of wine

455. Corte Sant’ Alda, Recioto della Valpolicella, 2004

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Book 3 Wine 455

£25 / 50cl; 14.5%

Distinctly out of order, this one, due to pasting things out of place! One from our second WSET class on Italy, and my first Recioto della Valpolicella. A powerful yet succulent sweet wine, which was already showing complexity even in its relative youth. Like vintage port, this has the structure of tannin and decent acidity, to develop for a decade, I’d say. A dense, opaque garnet colour, with a nose carrying some pruney oxidative notes, with fresh leather, preserved maraschino cherries, dark chocolate and mineral notes. Sweet, but not excessively so, and balanced by sufficient acidity. Pronounced flavours of black cherry liqueur, dark chocolate and liquorice gave this great interest. This relatively new producer’s Amarone was also excellent.

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