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pallazzo della torreA quasi-Valpolicella but including a small quantity of grapes vinified appassimento, meaning they are left to raisin for a few weeks before being crushed and added to the wine before it undergoes a second fermentation.

From a dark warren of dried cherry,  raisin, old leather, and rich earth aromas that rest on a full bodied mocha-laced palate, a bright, tart wine emerges as it evolves in the mouth.  Mordant in the beginning and lively and structured by the end, it features medium grain, persistent tannins that induce a medium length, textured finish, on which the characteristic bitter herb notes appear reminding you of its origins.

This wine gives you the crisp vivacity of Valpolicella with a rich, luxurious midpalate more like Amarone—the best of both worlds at a great price.

Aged for 15 months in second-use barriques.

Score: 90

Price: $18

Alc: 13.5%

Opulent yet angst-ridden but ultimately uplifting, an emotionally complex wine like Jan Garbarek’s Scene from Afar