The Recioto della Valpolicella is a raisin wine of the Veneto DO. The process of its production includes sun drying of the grapes, to lose its moisture and thus increase the concentration of sugars in the grape-juice. This process is used in France, Spain, Greece and Cyprus,Austria and Germany or South Africa.
In this case we speak of a sweet wine produced with native vines Corvina, Corvinone, Rondinella and a bit of Forselina, Negrara and Oseleta. This is the same as what is done to produce the Amarone, a much better internationally known wine, which differs only because the sugar fermentation is stopped at a given tim. In the case of Amarone, fermentation is complete and the result is much drier .
The Recioto has a dark garnet color, a characteristic aroma accented with fruity notes of raspberry, black cherry and plum. In the mouth it is full, velvety, warm, gentle and friendly, making it ideal to pair with desserts, especially chocolate of intense flavor, dry sweets, pastry, but also for single tasting cheese or as an accompaniment to a long and pleasant meal.
Unlike his ” relative” Amarone, Recioto has a very limited popularity, partly due to the behavior of the local producers, which in recent years have focused on the development and commercialization of the first, much more widespread. However, who tries this wine will acknowledges that he has nothing to envy to the Amarone, possessing unique characteristics, favored by the wide variety of terrain in which the vines grow, along with a long and rich history, since it can be considered as the “father” of Amarone .
Since some producers, however, are beginning to raise more prominent voices calling for this very special wine, beginning with a renewal of its image from the marketing point of view, something that has been ignored so far and, therefore, affects his popularity, as happens with many jewels oenological remain anonymous until processors, media and consumers are reluctant to give them a chance. Do you dare?
Masi Amabile Degli Angeli Recioto Della Valpolicella 2007
Bertani Recioto Della Valpolicella Valpantena 50cl 2010