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Rafaèl
Valpolicella Classico Superiore
DOC

12.90

Valpolicella Classico is the wine that tells the history of the region in its most unadorned form. We agree.

“Elegant” is the adjective that best describes the character of our Rafaèl, a highly distinctive wine that is closely linked with the history of the Tommasi family.

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Awards

2015James Suckling92 pts
2015Decanter93 pts
2016James Suckling91 pts
2016Wine&Spirits90 pts

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Description

Many Veronese locals will tell you that Valpolicella Classico is the wine that tells the history of the region in its most unadorned form. We agree. Valpolicella wines require the skills of the winemaker to find a signature, balanced blend of local grapes. Our fathers decided early on that the Rafaèl vineyard on Monte Masua produced the best grapes for our Valpolicella Superiore. The family blend of Corvina, Rondinella and Molinara has always stayed the same but in varying amounts according to vintage. Fifteen months of wood-aging complete a savory wine with a rich bouquet, that is at once fresh and intense. We won’t add any descriptors that would detract from your moment of discovery. Whether you open Rafeèl tonight or leave it in the cellar for a few years, make sure you take time to enjoy this single vineyard wine that is a source of pride for our family.

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Tasting Note

A bright ruby red in color, its refined and intense nose reveals both floral and fruity tones, with ripe cherries to the fore. It is graceful and silky on the palate, winning you over with its tasty, supple and persistently fresh fruit and light, elegant style.


Serving Suggestions

Very versatile: it is excellent with pasta dishes with rich sauces, roasts and white meats, or moderately aged cheeses. Try it also with spicy Oriental dishes and full-flavored fish soups.


Origin

From the Rafaèl site, the first vineyard to be bought by the Tommasi family; the vines are trained using the Pergola Veronese system and it lies in the Valpolicella Classica zone.


Grapes

Corvina 60%, Rondinella 25% e Molinara 15%


Vinification and Maturation

Maceration for 12 days, with temperature-controlled fermentation at 25°-30°C. Maturation for 15 months in 65 hl Slavonian oak casks.


Alcohol

12,5% by vol.


Serving Temp.

14-16°C


Bottle Size

0.75l

Related Wines


James Suckling 2015

92 pts


The dark fruit and chocolate character is impressive. Orange peel undertones. Medium to full body. Very balanced, light tannins. A fresh finish. Drink and enjoy.


Decanter 2015

93 pts


Highly Recommended


James Suckling 2016

91 pts


Dried strawberries, glazed cherries, dried spices and herbs. Medium to full body, a firm, red-fruited core and a medium chewy finish. Drink now.


Wine&Spirits 2016

90 pts


This wine balances red and black fruit avors with notes of sage, mint and marjoram. Carried by velvety tannins and mouthwatering acidity, the wine turn savory with exposure to air.

Vineyard

From the Rafaèl site, the first vineyard to be bought by the Tommasi family; the vines are trained using the Pergola Veronese system and it lies in the Valpolicella Classica zone.

Vineyard

From the Rafaèl site, the first vineyard to be bought by the Tommasi family; the vines are trained using the Pergola Veronese system and it lies in the Valpolicella Classica zone.

Tommasi Naturae

Sustainable Winegrowing

Vineyard

Tommasi has adopted an integrated production system that guarantees the eco-sustainable management of agricultural activities.

Production

– We do not use products of animal origin or containing allergens in the wine production process.
– Optimization of the use of resources and management of the cellar.
– We employ procedures that allow us to work in full respect of the environment, avoiding waste and always recycling when possible.

Packaging

– Organic corks with FSC certification
– Label: FSC certified paper
– Cardboard: recycled paper

Additional information
Annata

2013, 2015, 2016

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