One of the great hidden treasures of Italy
During my last trip to Italy while visiting the winery Trabucchi d’Illasi which is located in the Valpolicella area of the Veneto region in Italy, I picked up a few bottles of wine at their Calici di Stelle event. I wrote a review about that wine tasting evening which you can find here. One of them was the 2005 vintage Dandarin. Unlike most of their wines the Dandarin is not classified as Valpolicella or Amarone (which are DOC/DOCG wines). Instead it has the IGT Veneto wine classification that is because it is a new, modern wine. In Italy the process to receive the DOC classification for a certain wine in one specific area takes a long time.
The wine is made mostly with a blend of Corvina, Corvione & Rondinella grapes but there are also Syrah & Teroldego grapes added in small amounts. It aged in French oak and in smaller barrique barrels for a total of 12 months before resting at least another 24 months in the bottle itself.
Dandarin has a label listed alcohol by volume of 14.5%. Prior to drinking the wine was decanted for roughly five hours. The wine has a very dark red color with black reflexes.
On the nose I found red fruits including blueberry & raspberry, some blackcurrant, hints of chocolate and spices. I would describe the bouquet as a real sensation. All these aromas formed a perfect harmony which got me even more excited to take the first sip… And the first sip was amazing! Not only has the Dandarin extremely pleasing, mellow tannins, it’s also soft with some fruit notes. I could still taste the dark chocolate that I had on the nose. Dry with some acidity on the palate and the finish is overwhelmingly long.
Trabucchi’s Dandarin retails for 24.50€ (without shipping) if you buy it online at their wine-shop. In a local Enoteca here in Munich it sells for 29.50€.
The wine is worth very penny. Of course if we expand the price range then I could name a few other fantastic wines that might be a little bit better but Dandarin would beat most of them . It’s a great wine that goes well with red meat, grilled cheese and a variety of salumi. I hope that you’ll get a chance to try this wine. If you tried it let me know how you liked it. I’m sure it won’t disappoint you!