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Guerrieri Rizzardi

Guerrieri Rizzardi
2018 Cuvée XVII, Valpolicella Classico

Pair this wine with:
Beef Pork

Category: Regional Other Italian Red

Date Tasted:
Country: Italy
Alcohol: 12.5%
88 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$14.99
Best Buy

Guerrieri Rizzardi
2018 Cuvée XVII, Valpolicella Classico

Pair this wine with:
Beef Pork

Category: Regional Other Italian Red

Date Tasted:
Country: Italy
Alcohol: 12.5%
Ruby black color. Aromas of wild cherry, violet petals, cinnamon, eucalyptus, candied tomato, and ground cherries with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a sleek, appealing, medium-long chocolate-covered almonds, earth, tapenade, and suede finish with light oak flavor. Endless pairing opportunities are presented in this balanced, highly pleasing Valpolicella.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Juicy & Smooth, Fruity, Old World & Rich & Full
Aroma Aroma: wild cherry, violet petals, cinnamon, eucalyptus, candied tomato, and ground cherries
Taste Flavor: chocolate-covered almonds, earth, tapenade, and suede
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Ribs, Beef Teriyaki, Steak Fajitas
Bottom Line Bottom Line: Endless pairing opportunities are presented in this balanced, highly pleasing Valpolicella.

The Importer

Elixir Wine Group

The Importer
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Bend, OR 97703
USA
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Regional Other Italian Red

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There are red wines produced in every region in Italy, from the far north to the island of Sicily in the south. Many of these reds have a good deal of spice, as well as good acidity; some of them are meant for consumption upon release, while others are meant for many years of cellaring.

Among the most singular of these Italian regional reds are those from Abruzzo, produced from the Montepulciano grape. Deeply colored with plum and black fruit flavors, these are medium-bodied wines with tobacco and spice notes that are good values and can be consumed upon release.

There are also some beautiful reds in Sicily, especially the fragrant and fruit-driven Frappato, which has very light tannins. Nero d'Avola is a spicier, more robust style of Sicilian red.

Also in the south, Campania is home to many beautiful red wines. The best of these is Taurasi, a superb red made from the Aglianico grape. Displaying black cherry and dark chocolate notes, this is one of Italy's most sublime and longest-lived reds, with a few examples drinking well at fifty years of age.

One other regional red of note is Montefalco Sagrantino from Umbria. Sagrantino is an extremely tannic variety and this is a powerful, earthy red that needs five to seven years to shed its youthful tannic bitterness.

While Taurasi and Montefalco Sagrantino are relatively expensive reds, wines such as Montepulciano d'Abruzzo as well Rosso Conero and Rosso Piceno from the Marche region are excellent values.

These regional reds pair well with foods ranging from salumi to grilled chicken or pork to roast veal or steak.