Top 10 wines in the UK press

Tenute Fiorebelli Cabaletta, Veneto, Italy 2011

Cabaletta__13684__21905.1377094021.1280.1280It was all about Italian wines for David Williams this week, writing in The Observer. He picked out three “premier league” wines from the country’s “second division” including wines from lesser known regions that he felt deserved some attention.

Among them was this 2011 red from the Veneto. 

He said: “There are few greater pleasures in the kitchen than the successful use of leftovers, that profound sense of satisfaction and thrift you get when you manage to make four or five meals from a single chicken (Sunday roast, stock, pâté, sandwiches and curry), or find a recipe to use up that stale bread. I sometimes wonder if the winemakers of the Valpolicella zone near Verona in northeast Italy feel the same way on a much bigger scale when they use the skins leftover from the production of amarone – the hefty, bittersweet red they make entirely from desiccated grapes – to bring texture and depth to wines known as Ripasso.

“In many cases I prefer the supposedly lesser (and much cheaper) wines: Torre del Falasco Vapolicella Superiore Ripasso 2011, for example, is a happy mid-point between the simple cherry freshness of straight Valpolicella and the brooding, raisiny weight of amarone. Equally good is the Ripasso-inspired Cabaletta, which takes things a stage further by blending 30% dried grapes with 70% conventional (rather than passing young wine over leftover dried-grape skins) for a vivacious red of dark cherry and damson depths.”

Price: £8.99,


One Response to “Top 10 wines in the UK press”

  1. Saffredi says:

    The D.O.C.G. Brunello di Montalcino rules have changed, some time ago … Brunello may already be released sooner than 5 years. In fact, the Brunello may be released after 48 months, including at least 4 months in bottle prior to relase.

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