2016 Roccolo Grassi Valpolicella Superiore

SKU #1613723 94 points Vinous

Outer quote mark An enticing mix of incense, black tea, cracked pepper and red wild berries emanate from the 2016 Valpolicella Superiore. This is undeniably elegant, with its silky textures that seem to coat the entire palate in a seductive layer of violet-tinged fruits and suave lavender and chocolate notes. That said, this is not sweet nor overly rich; in fact, the 2016 is truly harmonious and poised, boasting tremendous concentration that‘s lifted by saline-infused acids. It leaves the palate completely saturated with cloves and allspice, as it tapers off structured and long. This is next-level Valpolicella Superiore, and it may even one day warrant a higher score. Marco Sartori uses 30% appassimento grapes in his Valpolicella, which are dried for twenty days. The wine is refined in a 50% - 50% mix of large oak cask and barrique, of which only about 20% are new. (EG) 94+ Inner quote mark (1/2022)

91 points Decanter

Outer quote mark Earthy and peppery nose with very ripe red and black cherry nuances. Cedary on the palate, soft, with a crisp acidity. (Panel Tasting) Inner quote mark (2/2022)

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By: Philip Roufail | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/27/2023 | Send Email
If you're looking for a baby Amarone that won't break the bank, this is your wine. The 2016 Roccolo Grassi Valpolicella is drinking beautifully. On the nose, chocolate covered cherries, mocha, orange liqueur, baking spices, flowers, and green peppercorn. On the palate, it is surprisingly delicate and silky, yet with a long rich floral finish bursting with licorice and spice. Quintessentially Italian!

By: Carlo Delgado | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/27/2023 | Send Email
Flavors of maraschino cherry, kirsch, savory dried herbs, dried leaves, leather, and menthol. On the palate, developed red fruits, well balanced with the savory dried herbs, and a delicious long finish!

By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/25/2023 | Send Email
Full disclosure, I love this wine and the style it portrays. Valpolicella is one of the examples of a flavor profile that doesn’t exist anywhere else. In the hills above Verona this blend of grapes grows nowhere else in the world and exudes both the grape essence and the terroir of these hills. Roccolo Grassi is one of my favorites from the region and they represent wines with classic flavors. On the nose the wine explodes out of the glass, swirls of exotic Marasca cherry layered with salted plum, cinnamon, orange peel and whiffs of lavender. That seems like a lot is going on and you’d be correct, yet it all blends seamlessly into a single expression, albeit a complex one. On the palate the wine is supple, smooth with very fine grain tannins. The wine stretches out and shows length, balance while having a impressive palate presence, with weight, viscosity while showing great lift in the finish. A super complex wine, while it doesn’t overwhelm you with size, it is delicious, tantalizing and just makes my mouth water writing about it. This is a wine you really need to try, it is absolutely special.

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