75cl * Vegan * 13.5% ABV * Valpolicella, Italy
Cantina Valpolicella Negrar is a really exciting winery which is at once steeped in tradition and yet truly innovative. With a history of wine-making going back to 1933, Cantina Valpolicella Negrar has been at the forefront of development in the Valpolicella region since its inception. The winery was the first to make the world-renowned Amarone, and soon after, in recognition of this, was awarded the Certificate of Special Mention by the Brussels International Exposition. This firmly put Cantina Valpolicella Negrar on the map and it has continued to look forward ever since.
When we tasted this wine in one of our 'all hands on deck, round the counter, staff tastings' it was the stand-out star, and the opened bottle that everyone wanted to take home. A dark, fascinating and truffled nose with wild plum and a definite herbal edge. Just underneath is the super-ripe fruit from the ripasso method of wine making. Quite full bodied with really ripe dark-fruit flavours, supported by dark chocolate and licquorice. What really set this apart, though, is the acidity that is retained and therefore the balance and poise this had for something so ripe.