One of my Christmas presents was a trip to Portland Wine Merchants, a local wine store that has a decent selection of inexpensive, sometimes offbeat wines, many of which are European. It was great fun wandering around looking at all the choices. I selected some French reds and this Italian valpolicella. We also saw one of our go-to cavas there, which I’ll share with you in a later post.
Wine: Le Muraie Ripasso Valpolicella Doc Classico Superiore
Winery: Recchia This family owned winery is located in Veneto, close to Lake Garda in northern Italy.
Grapes: 70% corvina Veronese, 25% rondinella, 5% sangiovese
Alcohol content: 14%
The color of this wine was a pretty, dark red. The aroma reminded me of ripe cherries and black pepper. The taste was pleasant, with some tannins and a bit of pepper at the back of the throat. The finish was fairly short. After letting the bottle aerate for a bit, it was mellower and very drinkable. With a bit of brie, it was wonderful. Definitely something I’ll buy again.