2017 Ripasso Classico Superiore Ca' La Bionda
This is a proper 'Ripasso' style, with that lovely grape skin texture and aroma giving a lovely edge to the nose and palate. The fruit is a touch darker with cherry, raspberry and loganberry fruits. Some nice grip in the mouth, still with a lively acidity, but sleek and fruity and joyously easy going, then finishing on a delicately bitter fruit skin bite. L&S (Oct 2020)
*Case price discount: Mix any 12 bottles (or 9l equivalent) of wine or 6 bottles of Champagne, Spirits, Sweet Wine or Fortified to get the 'case price' for each bottle.
Ca' La Bionda
We have long been on the search for a great source of top Valpolicella and so when a recommendation came our way from not just Fabio Alessandria at Burlotto, but also Christoph Kunzli at Le Piane we sat up and took note and we loved what we tasted. Ca' la Bionda was established in the commune of Marano di Valpolicella in 1902 by Pietro Castellani a dedicated grape grower and winemaker. Today the fourth generation of the family run the estate along organic lines (certified since 2016) and have recently refurbished the winery to make use of gravity rather than pumps to move the musts and wine. Vineyards have had traditional Marogne (dry stone walls) re-established to give greater exposure to purely autochthonous varieties (Corvina, Corvinone, Rondinella, Molinara). Ferments are with purely wild yeasts and Suplhur usage is kept to a minimum.
We are so proud of our incredible selection of Italian wines, that the real difficulty has been curbing our enthusiasm and creating just one sensible case for Christmas! You'll find here six extraordinary reds, from Top to Toe of the 'boot' and even a gem from Sicily too.
A gorgeous diversity of styles, intrinsically Italian yet these wines will satisfy lovers of Claret and wines from the Rhone valley too. This is a brilliant introduction to what is happening across Italy - such an exciting place a the moment for top quality, exciting winemaking - at very sensible prices. Add a little Italian flair to proceedings this Christmas. This year more than ever, we all need to start tasting la Dolce Vita!
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