Sometimes you taste a good wine, decide to buy it – and that’s that. And sometimes, well, sometimes you change flights, rent a car, cancel several meetings, and get lost in the hills of Valpolicella in order to taste some wines that you just have a feeling about. Robin’s instinctive pursuit of Nicola’s wines was an adventure in itself - and one that was entirely worth it
Formerly an assistant to the legendary Valpolicella producer Giuseppe Quintarelli, Nicola Ferrari and his wife Laura now make their wines from 4ha of organically farmed vines in Fumane. Production is between 25000 – 30000 bottles per year, so this is a very discreet operation, and the wines are nothing short of sensational. Each of these red wines is made from approximately 70% Corvina and Corvinone and then 30% of Rondinella and Molinara with Sangiovese, Merlot and Cabernet Franc making an appearance in SantoccioRosso.
FROM THE PRESS
“ This is a beautifully pliant and melodic red wine, in fact, it is almost Pinot-esque in its buoyancy and charm. At only four years old this wine is drinking perfectly but this may or may not be an illusion – you will have to decide for yourself. I am certain that it will unravel further by, by golly, this is a delicious drink and it is its heady perfume that leads the way. Spice, hints of leather, a fanfare of bitter red fruit, discreet heat and skin rejoice and then senesce perfectly. This is a joyous experience and it finishes dry and noble – a vitally important part of this wine’s repertoire. So here you have it – an Amarone which does everything it should do and more and it costs a quarter of the price of the most famous name in town! Over to you. 18.5+/20”Matthew Jukes