2013 Marion ValpolicellaBlend from Italy
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"The philosophy of the estate is to make beautiful, drinkable wines from the healthiest, most balanced fruit possible. Healthy fruit is procured from healthy vineyards: all the...
"The philosophy of the estate is to make beautiful, drinkable wines from the healthiest, most balanced fruit possible. Healthy fruit is procured from healthy vineyards: all the technical wizardry in the world won’t change the fact that most of the really important work happens in the vineyards, where the goal is perfect grapes. Therefore, winemakers Stefano and Nicoletta Campedelli are passionate viticulturists, and practice minimal intervention in the cellar. That said, the quality of the barrels is of utmost importance, and Marion avoids barrique, in favor of 500 liter barili (called tonneaux in France) and larger botti (Garbellotto is his preferred cooper), each almost exclusively of Slavonian oak. The barrel's purpose is to give the wine a vessel in which it can breathe, and slowly mature, but not take on flavors or tannins from the wood. Stefano talks a lot about color, and bemoans the fact that many critics and consumers mistake deep, dark opacity for high quality. His wines instead have a beautiful transparent quality; like great Brunello or Barolo you can see through them and far from being a flaw, this is a sign of excellence. " -- Importer
|Varietal(s)||Corvina, Corvinone, Rondinella|
|Taste||chocolate, mocha, fig, earth, raisin, cranberry and plum|
|Nose||chocolate, mocha, fig, earth, raisin, cranberry and plum|