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Azienda Agricola Fratelli Bonazzi

Azienda Agricola Fratelli Bonazzi
2014 Classico Superiore, Ripasso della Valpolicella DOC

Pair this wine with:
Lamb Pork

Category: Regional Valpolicella

Date Tasted:
Country: Italy
Alcohol: 14.5% RS: .5%
87 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$65

Azienda Agricola Fratelli Bonazzi
2014 Classico Superiore, Ripasso della Valpolicella DOC

Pair this wine with:
Lamb Pork

Category: Regional Valpolicella

Date Tasted:
Country: Italy
Alcohol: 14.5% RS: .5%
Medium brushed amber color. Interesting, fruity aromas and flavors of spiced bananas foster, toasty berry tart, wax, and salt water taffy with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a seamless, interesting, long finish with notes of dried cherries, delicate spices, and vanilla cream with light oak flavor. A charming, fruit driven Italian red.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Juicy & Smooth & Fruity
Aroma Aroma: spiced bananas foster, toasty berry tart, wax, and salt water taffy
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with notes of dried cherries, delicate spices, and vanilla cream
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own
Recipes Pairing: Peking Duck, Lamb Tagine, Souvlaki
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A charming, fruit driven Italian red.

The Producer

Borderac Crus & Vins

The Producer
27 Rue Durieu de Maisonneuve
Bordeaux, 33000
France
33 -556008494

Their Portfolio

95 Alea Ludendo 2013 Elba Aleatico Passito 13% (Italy) $147.00.
87 Azienda Agricola Fratelli Bonazzi 2014 Classico Superiore, Ripasso della Valpolicella DOC 14.5% (Italy) $65.00.
85 Azienda Agricola Fratelli Bonazzi 2011 Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 16% (Italy) $138.00.
90 Borgo Isolabella Della Croce 2016 Valdiserre, Moscato d’Asti DOCG 5.5% (Italy) $45.00.
86 Borgo Isolabella Della Croce 2013 Bricco del Falco, Pinot Nero, Piemonte DOC 13.5% (Italy) $142.00.
86 Ceste 2014 Barbera, Piemonte 13.5% (Italy) $36.00.
89 Chateau Arnaud 2014 St. Estèphe 13% (France) $66.00.
91 Chateau Bois de Rolland 2015 Vieilles Vignes, Bordeaux Supèrieur 13.5% (France) $29.00.
90 Chateau Calvimont 2015 Graves Blanc 12.5% (France) $42.00.
94 Chateau Calvimont 2015 Graves Rouge 12.5% (France) $44.00.
92 Chateau Chantelune 2015 Margaux 13.5% (France) $123.00.
90 Chateau Crusquet de Lagarcie 2011 Blaye, Côtes de Bordeaux 13.5% (France) $32.00.
92 Chateau Crusquet de Lagarcie 2012 Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux 13.5% (France) $31.00.
92 Chateau de Reynaud 2014 Bordeaux Supèrieur 13.5% (France) $29.00.
84 Chateau Desarnaud 2014 Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux 13.5% (France) $31.00.
88 Chateau du Bergey 2016 Cuvée Tradition, Fronsac 13.5% (France) $34.00.
91 Chateau du Moulin 2015 Haut-Médoc 13.5% (France) $80.00.
93 Chateau Ferran 2014 Les Cotes, Pessac-Léognan Rouge 13.5% (France) $80.00.
91 Chateau Gemeillan 2012 Médoc Cru Bourgeois 13% (France) $51.00.
92 Chateau Gemeillan 2014 Médoc Cru Bourgeois 13% (France) $52.00.
90 Chateau Gemeillan 2015 Médoc Cru Bourgeois 13.5% (France) $53.00.
87 Chateau Graves de Pez 2014 St. Estèphe 13% (France) $66.00.
84 Chateau Haut Bourcier 2012 Cuvée Romy, Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux 13% (France) $27.00.
92 Chateau Haut Boutisse 2012 Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 13.5% (France) $67.00.
93 Chateau Haut Boutisse 2015 Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 13.5% (France) $75.00.
90 Chateau Haut de la Becade 2007 Pauillac 12.5% (France) $89.00.
89 Chateau La Graviere Grand Poujeaux 2012 Moulis-en-Médoc 13% (France) $71.00.
87 Chateau La Gregoire 2014 St. Emilion 12.5% (France) $49.00.
93 Chateau Lagrave Paran 2011 Cuvée Geraldine, Bordeaux Supèrieur 13.5% (France) $44.00.
88 Chateau Lagrave Paran 2012 Cuvée Geraldine, Bordeaux Supèrieur 13.5% (France) $45.00.
88 Chateau Lagrave Paran 2015 Coeur de Cuvée, Bordeaux Supèrieur 14% (France) $49.00.
89 Chateau Lalande Villeneuve 2014 Médoc 13% (France) $35.00.
86 Chateau Lamartine 2016 Merlot, Côtes de Bordeaux Castillon 13.5% (France) $37.00.
89 Chateau le Manoir 2014 Cuvee les Graves, Lalande de Pomerol 13% (France) $59.00.
89 Chateau le Manoir 2015 Cuvée Les Graves, Lalande de Pomerol 14% (France) $58.00.
91 Chateau les Anguilleys 2012 Cru Bourgeois, Médoc 13% (France) $49.00.
95 Chateau Les Vimieres 2014 Haut-Médoc 13.5% (France) $78.00.
90 Chateau Mille Roses 2012 Haut-Médoc 12.5% (France) $77.00.
92 Chateau Mille Roses 2011 Haut-Médoc 13% (France) $78.00.
96 Chateau Moulin de la Rose 2014 St. Julien 13.5% (France) $129.00.
94 Chateau Prieurs de la Commanderie 2014 Pomerol 13.5% (France) $123.00.
94 Chateau Segur de Cabanac 2014 St. Estèphe 13.5% (France) $102.00.
89 Chateau Segur de Cabanac 2015 St. Estèphe 13.5% (France) $99.45.
88 Chateau Tour du Moulin 2015 Cuvée Les Terres Rouges, Fronsac 14% (France) $45.00.
92 Clos Larcis 2014 Grand Cru, St. Emilion 13.5% (France) $143.00.
91 Dauprat 2015 Pauillac 13.5% (France) $86.00.
93 Domaine des Mimosas 2015 Lalande de Pomerol 13.5% (France) $50.00.
90 Domaine du Plantey 2015 Castillon, Côtes de Bordeaux 14% (France) $27.00.
90 Dominio de Taurum 2016 Tempranillo, Toro 14.5% (Spain) $34.00.
85 Les Esperons 2016 Chardonnay, Pays d’Oc IGP 13% (France) $34.00.
92 Monteversa 2016 Versavo Bianco, Veneto IGP 12.5% (Italy) $59.00.
89 Monteversa 2016 Animaversa, Chardonnay, Colli Euganei 13.5% (Italy) $78.00.
91 Monteversa 2016 Animaversa, Manzoni, Colli Euganei 13.5% (Italy) $78.00.
89 Monteversa 2016 Versacinto Rosso, Colli Euganei 13.5% (Italy) $60.00.
89 Monteversa 2016 Biodiversa Rosso, Veneto IGT 13% (Italy) $50.00.
93 Monteversa 2015 Animaversa Rosso, Colli Euganei 13.5% (Italy) $98.00.
94 Monteversa 2014 Rossodiversa, Colli Euganei 12% (Italy) $55.00.
87 Tenuta Ripalte 2015 Costa Toscana IGT 13% (Italy) $72.00.
94 Terre du Lion 2015 St. Julien 13.5% (France) $91.00.

Regional Valpolicella

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Serve in a Zinfandel Wine Glass
Valpolicella is a red wine produced from the eponymous district near the town of Verona in Italy's Veneto region. It is a blended red made with at least two grapes - Corvina and Rondinella - although it may be made from several more grapes such as Molinara, Corvinone and Dindarella.

Valpolicella tends to have moderate tannins, so it can be consumed at a fairly young age. It also has good acidity, meaning it can age; while some lighter examples of Valpolicella peak at five years of age, a well made Valpolicella can drink well after a decade or more.

Along with red cherry and plum fruit, a typical Valpolicella has a pleasant spicy quality with notes of cumin, cedar and cinnamon. Pair these wines with hearty preparations, including game birds, stews and roasts.

The Valpolicella name is also used for two other wines from this district, both made with the same red grapes. One is Amarone della Valpolicella, a powerful red wine made from naturally dried grapes; this wine can age for three of four decades in the best instances. The other is a luscious sweet wine called Ripasso della Valpolicella, also made from dried grapes, but with fermentation halted to retain some degree of residual sugar.