Wine Review: 2007 Trabucchi – San Colombano – Valpolicella Superiore DOC

If you are a regular reader of Vino in Love then you might know that I enjoy the wines from Trabucchi d’Illasi. Today we will take a look at their 2007 San Colombano Valpolicella Superiore. 

Trabucchi d’Illasi is an organic winery from Illasi, a small town in Veneto’s Valpolicella wine growing area. Their expression of the territory has fascinated me since I tried their wines for the first time some years ago. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting the Trabucchi family in person on a few occasions and visited their winery three years ago in August during the annual Calici di Stelle  event.

The Valpolicella is mostly known for its red wines and so is Trabucchi. They produce the whole Valpolicella line-up from young Valpolicella, to Amarone and Recioto and later this year they are launching a Ripasso which I tried for the first time at this year’s VinItaly.

San Colombano is one of two Valpolicella Superiore that Trabucchi makes; the other one is called Terre del Cereolo. Both are single-vineyard wines and named after their corresponding vineyard.

Tasting Notes: 2007 Trabucchi San Colombano

San Colombano is a traditional Valpolicella blend mostly composed of Corvina, Corvinone and Rondinella grapes.

2007 Trabucchi d'Illasi - San Colombano - Valpolicella Superiore DOCAfter harvest, San Colombano undergoes a short appassimento process which is typically used for Amarone and Recioto wines. After the appassimento process in which the grapes dry on straw mats for several weeks, fermentation then takes place in stainless steel vats. The wine then matures for 12 months in French oak casks.

The wine was opened about an hour before drinking it. It was a rather spontaneous idea to open this wine and we had no decanter at hand.

The nose was highly intense and open with a heavy aroma of amarena cherries, some raspberry jam, blueberries, viola caramel and black pepper. The more the wine evolved in the glass, the more spicier the nose became. It was a wonderful evolution that occurred in the glass.

On the palate, San Colombano is dry, with pleasing tannins and a smooth texture. It is still fresh and vivid after 8 years. Full-bodied and round with delicious flavors of ripe fruit, licorice and espresso. The wine has a mineral touch and notes of almonds which are especially present in the aftertaste. The finish was somewhere between medium and long. 13.5% ABV.

4 / 5 stars      

Parting Words

San Colombano is a very good Valpolicella Superiore with a great longevity. Trabucchi shows how well Valpolicella can age if its done right. 2007 was in my opinion a particular great vintage for San Colombano; much more complex and sophisticated than for example the 2008 vintage.

I’ll try to post a bit more next week. August has been quite busy so please excuse my inactivity over the last week.

That’s all for today. Cheers!

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