By: Mike Parres | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/7/2013 | Send Email
This historic firm was founded in 1857 at Quinto di Valpentena by brothers Giovanbattista and Gaetano Bertani. This Recioto, among the world longest-lived wines, owes its strength and power from the same method used to make the dry Amarone (grapes picked at optimal ripeness and dried on straw mats in special outbuildings, then pressed and fermented). In this case, however, the resulting wine stops its fermentation early thereby preserving its sweetness. At the table it acts like your finest vintage port, though with less brut alcoholic strength and a more pronounced fruitcake/raisin aroma. This is also tremendous with old and bleu cheeses, some dried fruit, toasted nuts and someone special. This 1980 is intense garnet red with a slightly orange rim, a soft palate with sweet tannins, good acidity and a long satisfying finish.