A blend of Amarone, with 10% Cab Franc, that shines through beautifully on the nose. Dark chocolate dipped candied orange on the nose too, with hints of cherries and kirsch that carry through to the palate, which is plush, velvety and well-balanced. Gorgeous plummy fruit, hint of spice and old wood. Very long and nicely mature tasting, something almost comforting and Bordeaux-like, with a long, refreshing finish and well-balanced tannins. Bravo, Nicola!
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 Giusseppe Quintarelli, Nicola Ferrari now makes (far too little of) his own wine from 3ha of organically farmed vines in Fumane. Production is very small, and we often hit the limits of our allocation far earlier than we’d like. Nicola’s Valpols and Amarones remind us of the very great wines of this region’s past. There’s none of the insipid sweetness that you find with the more modern versions – instead these demand attention, and reward it with complexity and proper depth.