Tenuta Chiccheri 2012
Wine: Valpolicella Ripasso Superiore
Winemaker: Tenuta Chiccheri
Varieties: Corvina, Rondinella & Croatina (Undisclosed %)
This wine is special, I could tell as soon as I opened it. The bitter bouquet is marvellously magical and I just couldn't get enough of it. Black cherry, dried red fruit, liquorice and leather, all playing pivotal roles in what is a throughly encapsulating array of aromas. Intoxicating even, superbly sublime and the start of a mini wine journey that had me well and truly immersed in its story.
In the mouth it was more of the same: black and red fruit mingle effortlessly, while a pronounced acidity and silky smooth tannins dance around one another allowing the beautifully extracted fruit flavours a solid stage for them to shine from. Where the sweetness fades, the savoury elements come to the fore: aniseed, subtle liquorice and creamy sweet vanilla laden oak.
Elegant, characterful, complex and best of all, inexpensive considering the quality this offers. Enjoy on its own, on your own, in a dark room somewhere, where nobody will find you.