You might remember that I attended a Trabucchi d’Illasi wine tasting recently in Munich at Restaurant L’Amar at which I tried several outstanding wines. The two best were their 2006 Amarone and their 2006 Recioto della Valpolicella.
Now if an Amarone is served at a wine tasting then it comes usually last. At the Trabucchi wine tasting that was not the case. Giuseppe Trabucchi was brave enough to serve another wine after it – the Recioto della Valpolicella. It turned out to be a good idea. I fell in love with their Amarone already so now I’m in love with two wines. Read the rest to discover why:
Recioto della Valpolicella is manufactured with the same grapes as Amarone is – Corvina, Corvinone, Rondinella and Oseleta. The grapes get air-dried from September until March. During this procedure they lose around 80% of their weight. Now you can imagine how many grapes it takes to produce Recioto and just like with Amarone only the best grapes are used for Recioto della Valpolicella.
Like all wines of the wine tasting, the Recioto was decanted for around three hours.
In the glass, this Recioto della Valpolicella has a deep dark color that goes toward blackberries. On the nose there are many aromas. Similar to the Amarone just much more intense – and Amarone is already intense! There were heavy aromas of blackcurrant, ripe cherry, and raspberry, a little bit of blueberry, some caramel, cinnamon and a hint of dark chocolate. Might have been one of the most interesting bouquets that I found on the nose for a long time.
Alcohol by volume was label listed at 15%.
After taking a sip I felt a fruity warmness in my mouth. The wine was sweet (duh!), smooth and rather complex. I tasted some of the fruits that I smelled on the nose. The Recioto had a lingering finish, which was so persistently that I could taste most of the notes for an incredible long time. Trabucchi’s Recioto della Valpolicella is the perfect sweet wine.
Best served together with cheese or cantuccini. If you serve the wine together with a dessert then make sure that it is not too sweet since the wine is already pretty sweet. A semifreddo might work, too.
Let’s come to the awards: best overall Italian red wine awarded by Luca Maroni in his 2013 edition and 95/100 points in his 2011 edition (the 2005 vintage won best overall Italian sweet wine in 2010), 5 “Grappoli” from BIBENDA (new name of the Duemilavini wine guide) and 2 glasses from the Gambero Rosso.
And now let’s come to the price. The bottle is a small containing 500ml. 49€ is the price. If you calculate the price of a regular bottle (which does not exist) it would cost you 73.50€. The wine can be bought directly from Trabucchi’s official online shop (where it costs a bit less but you have to add shipping and right now there is only the 2005 vintage available)
There is no doubt that I recommend this outstanding wine. Recioto della Valpolicella from Trabucchi d’Illasi is a wine for the special occasions – just like their Amarone. If you tried it then let share your experience. Mine was as you can tell overwhelmingly great.