Hopefully we’re not giving Italian winemakers any more confusing label ideas by calling this a Superior Superiore, but Musella has clearly crafted such a wine. The quality starts in the vineyards where they employ biodynamic farming methods and work almost exclusively with older vines. In the cellar, the wine is aged nearly 1 year longer than the required regulations and in the glass it’s pure bliss. At once, aromas of cherry compote, dried plums, cloves, mint, and leather lift effortlessly from the glass. The acidity races alongside a juicy-silky texture, before resting over mild tannins with a slightly smoky, herbal character. While most Superiore are a step above the quaffable Valpolicella Classico, this Musella example is more of a giant leap forward.
Valpolicella Superiore DOC
Corvina, Corvinone, Rondinella, Barbera
Calcareous red clay and tufo
Fermented in temperature-controlled tank, aged 6 months in concrete and another 6 months in older oak casks before an additional 12 months in bottle.