Grape(s): 60% Corvina, 15% Corvinone, 20% Rondinella, 5% Croatina
Localization: Veneto, Italy
Tasting Notes: A red astonishes with its complexity and elegance with which he offers, a Valpolicella Superiore that gives us spicy notes of white pepper and tobacco, with nuances of graphite and coffee and return of cherry and red berries. The Valpolicella Superiore by Roccolo Grassi it’s ambitious and full of character and further bottle aging will only improve its characteristics.
96 points Vinous: The 2015 Amarone Della Valpolicella is dark, rich, and deeply alluring but with an energy that keeps you coming back to the glass. The bouquet draws you in with a mix of cherry and plum sauce, notes of sage, tobacco, and hints of woodsmoke. It’s velvety-smooth, energized by vibrant acids with sweet red fruits and spices, yet it never crosses the line of becoming cloying or tiring. The balance here is remarkable, as 2015 comes across as delicious and spry in spite of its girth and intensity. There’s a subtle coating of fine tannin and hints of bitter chocolate that linger throughout the finale, promising many years of development. The term that comes to mind is 'Rock Star Wine.
The Domain: They want to produce wines with character, personality, identifiable in the territory and in the style of Roccolo Grassi; wines capable of evolving and maturing with bottle aging. Roccolo Grassi is an ambitious project, but with character and family management; the goal of Marco, Francesca, and his father Bruno, is to obtain great grapes and produce few bottles but of the highest quality level, for this reason, the number of bottles varies according to the vintage.
Their mission is to produce wines with character, personality, identifiable as to their place of origin, according to Roccolo Grassi's traditional method. Their wines will evolve and mature with bottle aging. Their plans are ambitious, yet they desire to preserve Roccolo Grassi as a family-run business. The goal of Marco, Francesca, and their father Bruno are to harvest superior quality grapes and to produce relatively small quantities of outstanding wine. Therefore the quantity of bottles yield will vary depending on the vintage.