If you’re a fan of Alessandro Gallici’s ‘visionary’ white blends, you’ll love this new release of his Visionario rosso. Born of Alessandro’s desire to create a great-value red in the Valpolicella style, this rich red is a collaboration with local winemaker, Franco Cristoforetti. They toiled for over a year until they perfected the inaugural release – here’s the highly anticipated 2013. It’s made using the ripasso method, where dried grapes are added in a second fermentation, giving the wine richness and weight. Three months of barrel aging adds further complexity to this berry-rich red.
Valpolicella, just east of Lake Garda, is known as the ‘Pearl of Verona.’ It’s home to a variety of reds, from lighter Valpolicella, Superiore, Ripasso (made with partially dried grape skins) and Amarone (made from dried grapes). Corvina, Corvinone, Rondinella and Molinara are the stars – and Visionario is made from 34% Corvina, 33% Corvinone and 33% Molinara.