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Marion Valpolicella Superiore 2019

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    The Marion Farm, located in the unspoilt Marcellise valley east of Verona, is a small family run property managed by Stefano Campedelli, his wife Nicoletta and her brother Marco and their two sons. Acquired in the late 80’s, the first task the Campedeli family set about to change was the overall vineyard health and lower yields all with the goal of improving overall fruit quality. During this periodfruit was sold to local co-ops until 1993 when Stefano met Celestino GaspariUnder the guidance of the ex-cellar master at Guiseppe Quintarelli and current adviser to Romano dal Forno, Marion was born.

    Starting with the 1996 vintage producing a mere 5 barrelsStefano & Celestino set about creating unique expression that paid tribute to the massive potential of the region that was being explored by Marion’s contemporaries at the time. Marion only works with the fruit of their own vineyards, hand picking each parcel of vineyard and vinifying individually to allow each varietal to develop its own unique character before blending.  Composed primarily of Corvina & Corvinone with small amounts of Rondinella. These components are fermented together in stainless steel then transferred into barrel for 36 months or so. Only 10% now sees small barrel (500ltr) with the rest in 3000ltr, all Slovenian oak.

    The final blend is assembled on the blending bench starting at 30% appasimento as a general rule then tweaking the blend depending on the vintage. To be honest each time I visit these past years it seems the dried grape component is getting smaller, more bordering between 10% and 15% now due to the balance between Marion’s vision of elegance in their wines vs global warming. There is Zero residual sugar left in this wine.

    The 2019 vintage is a pale cherry-garnet colour with a fragrant, almost floral nose, showing hints of spice, dried cherry and cranberry, and seasoned wood. Round and ripe with fresh, juicy red fruit flavours, the palate is balanced and poised. Elegant stuff with a long, lingering finish.

    The 2019 Valpolicella Superiore si intense, darkly floral and spicy, with depths of crushed blackberry and cherry complemented by savory spices and hints of sage. This si silky smooth, with cooling acidity and crisp red and blue fruits that cascade throughout. tI finishes with staining length and a pleasantly bitter tinge that leaves the mouth watering. Tactile minerals add a crunchy sensation. Vinous.

    The Finer Details
    Style - Red Wine
    Varietal - Corvina, Corvinone, Rondinella
    Country - Italy
    Region - Veneto
    Vintage - 2019
    Bottle Size - 750ml
    ABV - 14%
    Closure - Cork