In fair Verona do we lay our scene… well, just north of Verona to be precise. Situated there is Sartori di Verona winery, creator of Sartori di Verona 2014 Valpolicella Classico Superiore, an outstanding wine that I’ve recently tried and am eager to share.
The winery has been run by the Sartori family for four generations, lending a noteworthy balance of tradition and a passing down of knowledge that comes through in their wine. The Valpolicella Classico Superiore is the perfect example; all the elements of a great Valpolicella are there in this Corvina-based blend, but the balance of structure and flavors is especially commendable. One minute you’ll get blackberries and thyme on the nose; the next you’ll be tasting dark cherries, fig and perhaps something like a cozy, earthy balsamic. This wine is anything but one-dimensional.
While its delicious round mouth feel backed by a touch of bright acidity and soft tannins on the finish does make for easy drinking, the complexity of flavor lands it in what I’d call the “slow sipper” category- a rare placement in my book for a wine that’s under fifteen dollars. I myself am all too familiar with the constant struggle to find wine of this caliber at this price ($14.99), having sifted through many duds in the “under $15” category. However, from my time at Vine & Table so far, I’ve quickly learned that truly great, reasonably priced wine does exist, and this Sartori Valpolicella is just that: something easy to drink but complex enough to thoroughly enjoy, and perhaps linger at the table over.
Sartori di Verona 2014 Valpolicella Classico Superiore – $14.99
Grace Christoff, Vine & Table Wine Team