Roccolo Grassi Valpolicella Superiore 2011
This is one of the great wines of the Veneto. I’ve written about this producer’s Amarone before and I’ve been a regular purchaser of their Valpol. In my view only Quintarelli makes better wines in the region. Moreover, while I consistently love this wine, this particular vintage is a cut above.
Grassi sold its grapes to a coop prior to 1998 and its rise into the upper ranks of Valpolicella Superiore in such a short time shows the immense dedication of the owner and winemaker Marco Sartori.
The technique is not as far as Ripasso but retains a Ripasso-influence by drying 25% of the fruit for 20 days, which is then blended with the fresh fruit after fermentation. This style of wine is unique in the world, and Grassi an intelligent, elegant ambassador.
Expect spices, red fruits, woodsy and floral aromas and extremely impressive structure. A better wine than 80% of reds at this price point in BC.
Excellent to Excellent+ and Highly Recommended Value
~$60 hospitality price if ordered direct from the importer; ~$75 + tax at Kits Wine