It is the type of wine I would never ever have chosen on a wine list before I learnt a bit about wine.
I wouldn’t have understood that it could be an ideal accompaniment to the steaks my husband and I were having and I wouldn’t have had the courage to try such an expensive wine.
I had just been learning about the Passito Method where the black Corvina grapes used for Valpolicella are dried after harvesting and used to make the wine once they are like raisins.
Deliciously intense aromas and flavours of raisin, spice and red berry fruits.
Rich and full bodied.
A big bold wine that hits your nose then your taste buds but doesn’t knock your head off.
An excellent Treat Wine Best paired with rich food like steak or game.
Two further points to note:
Firstly, make sure you get one that has aged a bit, the one we had was 5 years old and I would certainly look for that as a minimum particularly if I wanted to really treat myself. The reason you are looking for a bit of age is you want the tannins to have softened. If the wine is young the tannins can be too strong and astringent, what they call “grippy”. After a few years (in the bottle) they mellow and add wonderful texture to the wine.
Second point to note is these wines will be pretty high in alcohol. The one we had was 15.5%.