Velenosi Vino di Visciole
Velenosi Vino di Visciole, Marche Wines,
BLEND: Lacrima Superiore 70%; Sciroppo di Visciole 30%
An aromatized wine native to Italy’s Marche region, Visciola blends the syrup of local sour cherries and red wine. The mixture then re-ferments to produce sweet dessert wine redolent of cherries and perfect with chocolate or blue cheese. The nose offers up aromas of peach and ripe pear. On the palate, it is soft and persistent with fresh wild berries, flowers, blueberries, and cherries. Ruby red with amaranthine shades. Smell: pleasing intense, as if just made. Sensual and persistent strawberry, raspberry, ripe wild berries, jam aromas; scents of peach and ripe pear. Taste: quite soft in the mouth, highly persistent without loosing freshness. Enthralling, right body, good flavour and acidity, good smoothness and balance. This fruit stimulates your taste buds: fresh and ripe wild berries, flowers, blueberries, cherries. An enthralling wine, gently intriguing and tempting you to drink one more glass and then…one more!
Wine Advocate 89 points: The Non-vintage Vino di Visciole is an unusual red dessert wine made partly from dried cherries. The best I can do to describe it is to draw a comparison with some of the sweeter Sagrantino passitos of Umbria. A long, polished finish rounds out this beautifully balanced wine. Cookies and jam tarts seem like natural choices for pairing. Anticipated maturity: 2009-2012. (Aug 2009)
HISTORICAL ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS AND CURIOSITIES: Duke Federico of Montefeltro, according to his trustworthy biographer and bookseller Vespasiano of Bisticci, “almost did not drink wine if it was not cherry or pomegranate”. Afterwards it was considered a woman’s wine, because of its scents, smoothness and roundness. Today it is considered a wine for meditation, a wine to savor and taste with others, a wine to rediscover tastes of days gone by. It is called “visciolato” or more commonly sour cherry wine