2017 Roccolo Grassi Valpolicella Superiore
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2017 Roccolo Grassi Valpolicella Superiore

Veneto, ITALY
$79. 99
$959.88 Dozen
Cellar: Drink now - 6 Years (2024-2030)
ABV: 14.5%
Closure: Cork

Deep dark red black colour with a dark red hue. A bold mix of dark, morello and black cherries alongside some liquorice emanate from the glass followed by some dried herb amaro like notes and hints of cinnamon. Rich black cherry and liquorice fruits engulf the palate framed by a gently chewy tannin structure which imparts a subtle muscular feel onto the finish. Scorched earth and spicy dried herb elements are also evident. Bright underlying acidity with a firm yet deeply fruited conclusion.
Drink over the next 5-6 years.
Alc. 14.5%

Other Reviews….
The 2017 Valpolicella Superiore by Roccolo Grassi is a sleeping giant. It slowly awakens in the glass with a dark mix of herbal-tinged plums, cracked ashen stone, incense and dried flowers. This is silky verging on velvety, with a core of stimulating acidity that helps to enliven depths of ripe mineral-inflected red and black fruits as inner violet florals collect toward the close. The 2017 boasts a lovely inner sweetness to counterbalance the fine-grained tannins and primary concentration, as it finishes youthfully structured, leaving a hint of salted licorice to linger. The warmth of the vintage has added an extra dimension to the fruit here, yet some cellaring is still recommended to allow its aromatics to come fully into focus. The Valpolicella by Roccolo Grassi is produced using 30% appassimento grapes dried for twenty days. It's refined in a 50%-50% mix of large oak cask and barrique, of which only about 20% are new. Drink 2024-2032.
94 Points
Eric Guido - Vinous