Wine Advocate 2015: great scores for Tedeschi wines
Monica Larner, well known and influential wine critic (considered one of the most comprehensive writers of Italian wines out there), the Italian Reviewer for the prestigious and influential The Wine Advocate and eRobertParker , has reviewed the Veneto wines.
This year, our products are at the top of the wine range of Valpolicella. Recioto 2010 is at the top, in the second position Capitel Monte Olmi 2009 and in third Amarone 2010. In short, a great satisfaction.
Here her comments about us
The Tedeschi family produces wines that are always unique and distinguished. Personally, I have had a love versus hate relationship with the high residual sugar that you often get with their products. This set of new vintages seems to put all that sweetness on proud display without being too heavy or cloying as I remember them being in past vintages. The flagship wine, the Amarone Classico Capitel Monte Olmi, is now a “Riserva” for the first time.
Below the wine’s comments.
2009 Tedeschi Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Riserva Capitel Monte Olmi – 95 Points
The 2009 Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Riserva Capitel Monte Olmi is a wine of massive proportions and aspirations. This vintage marks the first time that this single-vineyard Amarone Classico is a Riserva. Capitel Monte Olmi sees a meticulous blend of up to eight indigenous grapes, all aged 48 months in barrel. It would be hard to exaggerate just how big this wine is. It shows its muscle in terms of chewy sweetness as well as the tightness of tannins that you normally do not encounter in Amarone. In fact, the wine is so big, it requires at least five more years of bottle aging to reach better integration.
2010 Tedeschi Amarone della Valpolicella –94 Points
The 2010 Amarone della Valpolicella sees fruit sourced from various vineyard sites. The blend of fruit is Corvina, Corvinone, Rondinella, Rossignola, Oseleta, Negrara and Dindarella that all see up to four months of appassimento (air-drying in ventilated rooms). The wine offers Tedeschi’s distinctive sweetness – a quality that I assign specifically to this producer – backed by a tight tannic structure. This Amarone promises a long aging future ahead.
2010 Tedeschi Recioto della Valpolicella Classico Capitel Fontana – 91 Points
Made in limited production numbers, the 2010 Recioto della Valpolicella Classico Capitel Fontana (500ml) is amazingly dense and rich both in terms of flavors and aromas. This is a dark, purplish dessert wine with layers of plum, prune, tobacco, spice and licorice – all backed by 80 grams per liter of residual sugar that you definitely feel. You could pair this wine with sweet foods like chocolate cake, or salty ones such as foie gras.
2011 Tedeschi Valpolicella Classico Superiore la Fabriseria – 90 Points
The 2011 Valpolicella Classico Superiore La Fabriseria is a single-vineyard expression that exhibits the super-bold house style that distinguishes most of Tedeschi’s wines. This Valpolicella is especially interesting because, unlike other wines of the appellation, it is made with late harvest fruit picked some 500 meters above sea level where night temperatures drop considerably. It shows both sweetness and fresh acidity, all wrapped tightly together. The blend is 35% Corvina, 30% Corvinone, 5% Rondinella and the rest is Oseleta.
2012 Tedeschi Valpolicella Superiore Ripasso Capitel San Rocco – 89 Points
The 2012 Valpolicella Superiore Ripasso Capitel San Rocco is an approchable and drinkable Ripasso that offers good value to boot. This wine has been in production since 1976 and debuts this vintage with a newly designed label. It delivers great density and a fruit-forward style with milk chocolate and dark cherry in the mix. Ripasso Capitel San Rocco is one of this winery’s historic products.
2012 Tedeschi Valpolicella Superiore Maternigo – 88 Points
The 2012 Valpolicella Superiore Maternigo is the second vintage made of this wine. Fruit (40-30-30 Corvina, Corvinone and Rondinella) is sourced from the Impervio and Maternigo vineyards that are a relatively new development for Tedeschi. They bought an additional 84 hectares, of which 31 are under vine, a little more than five years ago. Bright fruit segues to leather, spice and licorice root. Maternigo shows a sophisticated side to Valpolicella.