Friday, November 11, 2011

Review: *+ $ Folonari Valpolicella, Italy, non-vintage and long-aged

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By way of background, opening thoughts: This is scary - should be a "Halloween Wine".  I'm definitely "taking one for the team" here.  It is a bottle of non-vintage Folonari Valpolicella non-vintage, found in in-laws basement, having been held there for who-knows-how-many years.  To begin with, this is a bargain wine, not one built for storage.  On top of that, it was stored upright, with the wine having evaporated to around the level of the upper shoulder, bottom neck of the bottle. 

Original tasting and review : This is Folonari Valpolicella, Italy, non-vintage and long-aged, finished at 11.% alcohol.

In the glass: This is appropriately light brick red.

On the nose: Poured cool and swirled vigorously, shows a shy leafy character with hints light, dry port and fart (yes, fart - first time I believe I've ever used that formal aromatic term).   From the aroma, seems like this will be drinkable but odd.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact a disjointed but not totally undrinkable melange of lightly fermented and oxidized twigs, some rusty nail shavings and a little bit of dry fruit waving from the distance.

In summary: Overall, rates one star on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, because I'm not really drawn to finish the glass, but with a plus because for its unknown age and known horrid storage conditions, I actually expected somewhat worse.  To be fair to the Folonari brand, I will seek a proper bottle to review soon enough.

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