Holy smokes! Who would have guessed a nine year old Valpolicella would have delivered such an intriguing tasting experience. Yes it has lost some the fruit of its youth, but it’s gained the subtle complexity only age can deliver. Or rather over-deliver as the case may be, especially when one considers that this is a sub $15 bottle of wine today, and probably was around $10 when this bottle entered the market.
It just goes to show you that great wine doesn’t have to be expensive, and that we can all afford to have a fine bottle of aged wine at any time. At prices like these you don’t need to wait for a special occasion! It also shows that wine can be more durable than one imagined. Don’t shy away from a special case deal if you love a wine. Chances are you’ll enjoy every bottle, even if it takes some time to get through them all. Good storage is a necessity, and of course the wine will change, but that is the beauty of fine wine, it’s alive, and the more attention you pay to it, the greater the rewards!
I love Valpolicella, and especially Classico. Just between you and I, ripasso just doesn’t move me the same way. Valpolicella gets a bad rap, being a lighter wine, and as it's typically enjoyed for it’s youthful freshness, it’s just not taken very seriously. That is a mistake. Valpolicella can be a terrific wine, and: Surprise! It ages better than you might expect. Tedeschi’s Lucchini is their Valpolicella Classico, their Valpolicella Superiore, and Valpolicella Classico Superiore are even better and worth tracking down. And don’t be afraid of back vintage Valpolicella. They’re sure to surprise you!