Santi Valpolicella Solane 2008
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Santi Solane, a blend of 70% Corvina and 30% Rondinella, is a high-quality, more intensely flavored and thicker textured Valpolicella, which has earned the Classico Superiore denomination. Part of the wine re-ferments on partially dried whole grapes enriching it with elegant, fruity aromas and exceptionally velvety tannins. The remaining part is made using the Ripasso method whereby it waits until the production of Amarone and then is added to Amarone pomace and left to rest... View More
Santi's 2008 Valpolicella Classico Superiore Ripasso Solane is a huge overachiever for the money. A delicious, feminine Valpolicella, the Solane offers up generous red berries, crushed flowers, spices and licorice. To be sure, this is one of the more understated Ripassos readers will come across, but the wine's balance and sense of harmony are beyond reproach. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2014.
Santi traces its origins to 1843, when Carlo Santi established a wine cellar in Illasi, near Verona and Lake Garda. The original winery, very attractively renovated, still houses the winemaking facilities and aging cellar and stands on the plain below Castello d'Illasi, a ruined medieval fortress. Santi specializes in Veneto and Trentino wines. In addition to experimenting with the benefits of aging in new French oak barrels (barriques) for wines such as... View More