Woman on Wine with Amy Reiley
My typical column focuses on a theme or region with a variety of wines and labels that fit the bill. But on occasion, it just feels right to focus on a single proprietor to help illustrate that it’s more than just one bottling but the style of the estate as a whole that it something special. This month I’m focusing on an Italian property with roots that date back farther than my own country’s existence.
The Marchesi Fumanelli family have been cultivating grapes since 1470. If any house understands the land of Valpolicella, it would be this one. Their are wines deep rooted in tradition but they incorporate modern science to produce a lineup of wines that is truly luscious. Best of all, Marchesi Fumanelli represents premium quality wines at every price point.
My Marchesi Fumanelli recommendations:
2009 Marchesi Fumanelli Terso Bianco
An interesting and refreshing wine, it offers pretty floral aromas mingled with roasted nut and herbal notes. Grapefruit acidity gives it a sexy, racy quality, but stone fruit and almond notes linger on the palate. It finishes with nice length and a lingering note of anise.
2012 Marchesi Fumanelli Valpolicella Classico Superiore DOC
Fumanelli’s flagship wine, this is a stellar bottle for the price. It’s tangy with bright currant and cherry acidity and aromas that hint of spice and dried herbs. It’s got a great balance and dry, tea leaf-like tannins.
2010 Marchesi Fumanelli Squarano Valpolicella Classico Superiore DOC
This is a showpiece of Valpolicella. Its aromas are of both beauty and power: violets balanced by earthy, masculine, forest floor. Its flavor is intense as are its tannins. Think dried blueberry, blackberry and mouth-warming spice on the finish.
2008 Marchesi Fumanelli Amarone della Valpolicella DOC
If this wine could be described in a single word, that word would be intense. Intense color, intense aromas, intense flavors of red currant, dried fig, cocoa, vanilla and licorice.
2007 Marchesi Fumanelli Octavius Amarone della Valpolcilla Riserva DOC
This is the kind of wine any collector of Amarone will want in their possession. Full-bodied with layers of date, prune and licorice with a spice on the finish that warms the tongue.
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