Rubinelli Vajol

Rubinelli Recioto della Valpolicella Classico DOCG 2013


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Award-winning dessert wine prepared in a traditional Italian way, and made from grapes dried in a volcanic cave. UK exclusive

A truly exceptional dessert wine, this Rubinelli Recioto della Valpolicella Classico is perfect for celebrating Christmas or any other special day. It’s made in the traditional Recioto method, from grapes which are dried indoors. What makes this wine truly special is that Rubinelli dry their grapes beneath the winery in a cave made from volcanic tuff rock. As the water evaporates, the natural sugar, acidity and flavours of the grape become concentrated. The result is a delightful sweet wine, which has won three “Two Bicchieri” awards in a row.

This Recioto wine comes from a small historic vineyard named Vajol, just 12km east of Lake Garda. It’s been known in the region since 1635, and the Rubinelli family acquired it in the early 20th century. The fields of Vajol form a south-facing amphitheatre, which is very favourable for grape-growing as lots of sunshine helps the grapes to ripen fully. The cold nightly breezes from Lake Garda allow the grapes to retain their zingy acidity. This area is famous for natural mineral springs, the waters of which naturally flow just a few meters under the fields. This means that the vineyard is well-watered even in the driest seasons.

Winemaking: This Recioto della Valpolicella Classico DOCG wine is made from hand-selected grapes grown on the estate: 50% Corvina, 25% Corvinone, 15% Rondinella, 5% Molinara and 5% Oseleta. In September, the grapes are harvested by hand and put into drying bays dug into the volcanic tuff rock. They dry here for five months, which concentrates the sugars and acidity. In February, the grapes are fermented at a controlled temperature for twenty days, and after that the wine is left for six days to macerate on the skins. Then, the wine is put into small French oak barriques, where it ages for ten months to develop rich and complex aromas.

Tasting notes: Medium garnet colour. Pronounced and very complex aromas of raspberry, leather, cranberries, dried red cherry and figs. On the palate, the wine is sweet, with delicate acidity and a high level of alcohol. It’s balanced by an expressive taste of fresh and dried strawberries, which lead into a beautiful long finish.

Bottle: 0.5 l

Ageing potential: 10 years

Awards: “Two Glasses” by Gambero Rosso (2011, 12, 13 vintage)


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