Segway: This wine was enjoyed during my family’s Christmas Eve dinner, paired with my mom’s homemade lasagna! The bottle was hand-selected by Chuck, the main buyer at The Andersons market. Chuck’s task was to fill up one case for me for under $120. This local supermarket has one of the better selections in Columbus, by the way. One would never suspect this, however, by the store’s unassuming, small-town supermarket appearance. The bottle retails for $25-ish but was on sale for $12!
Winemaking: The vineyards are located in the hilly area of Valpolicella, north of Verona. Select clusters of Corvina grapes are carefully harvested. The maceration lasts for 8 to 10 days. Following maceration the wine goes through the “rispasso” process, where the wine rests on the lees left over from Amarone, enhancing the wine’s aromatics and aging potential. After the malolactic fermentation, the wine ages for 18 to 24 months in medium to large-sized oak casks. Before release the wine is aged in the bottle for at least 6 months.
Sartori di Verona “Regolo” Rosso Veronese 2006
Tasting Notes: 100% Corvina, 13.5% vol, unfiltered. Deep, dark, ruby red in the glass, with brick-red around the edges. Very herbal, spicy nose, opening up to beautiful violets and more subtle notes of rich, ripe black fruits. Smooth and juicy texture in the mouth, a tart acidity that is fairly well-balanced, a bit too sour but definitely not an over kill. There are flavors of black cherries and strawberries on the mid-palate and prunes and lingering sourness on the finish. A bit disjointed between the nose and the mouth. The nose definitely wins out with its pretty floral notes and complexity. An over-all pretty good wine.
Rating: 16/20 (90/100)
Price: $25 retail @ The Andersons