Valpolicella (sounds like Vahl - poe - lee - CHELL - ah) is a viticultural zone of the province of Verona Italy (North Eastern corner) and this week’s Wine Wednesday feature the 2010 L’Arco Rosso del Veronese is considered a Valpolicella blend. The Valpolicella blend is based on three red wine grape varietals, Corvina, Rondinella and Molinara. Along with these three key varietals in the blend, Valpolicella wines may also contain up to 15% of other red varieties grown in the province.
Corvina usually makes up most of the blend, up to 75%. The corvinone grape, a relative, is allowed to take up to 50% of Corvina’s proportion. This wine is a blend of 50% Corvina and Corvinone, 30% Rondinella,15% Sangiovese Grosso and 5% Molinara.
This medium bodied dry wine is a deep garnet color. On the nose, raspberry, cherry and blueberry with an earthiness turning to tobacco notes that linger momentarily on the upper palate once you swallow. On the palate, ripe tart cherry fruit with sturdy tannins.
We enjoyed this with Grilled Pork Chops over Savory Whipped Sweet Potatoes one night and Cedar Plank Spice Rubbed Salmon the next. To print or save the recipe pairing suggestions, click the links below.