Wine of the Day, No. 426

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Ventale 2016, Valpolicella Superiore, is a new label from the Santi estate, founded in 1843 by Carlo Santi. This recent venture joins a roster that includes Proemio and Santino, both Amarone della Valpolicella Classico, and Solane, Valpolicella Ripasso Classico Superiore. Made from a blend of traditional grapes of the region — 80 percent corvina, 10 percent corvinone and 10 percent rondinella — Ventale 2016 aged 18 months in 500-liter barrels, 70 percent oak, 20 percent chestnut and 10 percent cherry wood. Such barrels are a bit more than twice the size of the standard 225-liter barrique; that is, 59 gallons for the barrique, 132 for the larger barrel. The color is a lovely, limpid transparent medium ruby; the wine combines aromas and flavors of ripe mulberries with dried red cherries in a spicy, fleshy melange that on the palate is animated by squinching acidity and a burgeoning graphite element. A …

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