2018 Rubinelli Vajol Valpolicella Classico Superiore DOC

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Type of Wine Red
Country Italy
Region Veneto
Appellation Valpolicella Classico (Superiore)
Winery Rubinelli Vajol
Year 2018
Grape Corvina Corvinone Molinara Rondinella Sangiovese
Content (Alc) 0.75 ltr (13.5%)
Drink window 2022 - 2030
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Rubinelli Vajol is the new superstar. The wines are authentic and not as sweet as one often tries to do in the Valpolicella. James suckling writes in his report about the Valpolicella: " Rubinelli Vajol Valpolicella Classico Superiore 2019, which comes from a producer that is arguably the new superstar of the style. " and from WineMag 2023, Rubinelli Vajol gets the maximum recognition namely: Italian Winery of the year 2023

The Valpolicella Classico from Rubinelli Vajol comes from the typical grape varieties for a Valpolicella Superiore, namely: 50% Corvina, 25% Corvinone, 15% Rondinella, 5% Molinara and 5% Oseleta. The Grand Cru vineyards of Rubinelli are located in the Vajol area and are one of the most beautiful parts of the Veneto. In the Vajol, the winery has a unique position because all vineyards are located around the winery (unlike many others (read most) that have plots in the entire area and the commercial amarone wineries often do not have their own vineyards and buy the majority .

All grapes come exclusively from the fields around Corte Sant'Anna, this gives a special uniqueness to the wine and makes it unmistakable: wine born on tuff. This area was once the sea - imagine a sunny bay. The soil consists of marl formed between the Mesozoic era (150 million years ago) and the Tertiary era (60 million years ago) followed by the origin of the Alpine mountains. The soil is very calcareous, ideal for moderating the natural vigor of the vines. Limestone also has spongy properties: the capacity to retain water for long periods of time, only letting it through when the plants need it. This keeps the grapes well hydrated at all times. The soil is thin but rich in organic matter that allows the vines to live in perfect nutritional balance. This harmony is found in the quality of the wines that are always elegant and a full expression, both in their aroma and on the palate, of their rich polyphenolic multiplicity. Rubinelli Vajol wines are born in the ground even before they reach the wine cellar; they are gifts of nature and of the formation of land structures in the Conca del Vajol.

This Valpolicella Superiore is also called a mini-amarone . The grapes are pressed in early November after drying in baskets for more than a month. The fermentation and maceration take place for 15-20 days at a controlled temperature, after which the Superiore is allowed to mature in peace for 24-36 months in oak barrels. This is a very nice Valpolicella Superiore with a great freshness that typifies the wines of Rubinelli (PH: 5.55). So no oversweet heavily alcoholic wines as is so often the case, but a nice wine with 13.5% alcohol. The Rubinelli Valpolicella Superiore has a beautiful ruby red color. In the nose, the beautiful balance with the sweet fruit and spices is striking. We smell black cherries, red fruits, chocolate, raisins and a hint of pepper. This is certainly a Valpolicella with a lot of character, elegance and Italian refinement. The harmonious bouquet, the fresh and dry taste make this wine a perfect companion during the entire meal and is an excellent accompaniment to roasted meat, a Risotto funghi or we a Pizza.

FACT: In the Tab: Appendix you will find the official fact sheet of this fine wine and information about the reviews and a beautiful presentation. We will automatically send it to you when you order this wine. The wine is in our conditioned Wine Warehouse and if you come to pick up the wine you will also receive a nice discount.

In James Suckling's TOP 100 WINES OF ITALY : My favorite Valpos include the Tedeschi Valpolicella Lucchine 2022, the Bertani Valpolicella Classico Le Miniere di Novare Bertani Cru 2021 and, above all, the Rubinelli Vajol Valpolicella Classico Superiore which comes from a producer that is arguably the new superstar of the style. All are examples of bright, transparent wines that will light up any table by virtue of their freshness and transparency.

Vineyard for 2018 Rubinelli Vajol Valpolicella Classico Superiore DOC
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Type of Wine Red
Country Italy
Region Veneto
Appellation Valpolicella Classico (Superiore)
Winery Rubinelli Vajol
Grape Corvina, Corvinone, Molinara, Rondinella, Sangiovese
Biological certified No
Natural wine No
Vegan No
Year 2018
Drinking as of 2022
Drinking till 2030
Alcohol % 13.5
Alcohol free/low No
Content 0.75 ltr
Oak aging Yes
Sparkling No
Dessert wine No
Closure Cork
James Suckling rating 90
Tasting Profiles Dry, Fruity, Light, Red fruit, Flexible
Drink moments Borrelen, Cadeau!, Met vrienden, Summer party, Terras, Voor alledag
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