Sample submitted for review. SRP of $9 and available for as low as $8.
From the bottle:
"For more than a century Bolla wines have been recognized for trusted quality. Made with hand-picked grapes from northern Italy's Veneto region, Bolla Valpolicella offers berry, almond, raisin, and spicy black-cherry flavors.
Valpolicella is a wine area in Northern Italy near another one of our favorite wine regions, Alto Adige. And while I'm certainly familiar with and a fan of wines from Valpolicella I had no idea just how much wine was produced here -- it ranks second in wine production in Italy. (The Chianti DOC is first.) Today's wine is a good example of the traditional Valpolicella blend consisting of primarily of the Italian grapes Corvina and Rondinella.
The 2011 Bolla Valpolicella begins with pleasant, smoky aromas of sour dark fruit, licorice and leather. The wine tastes smooth and easy to drink with slightly sour black cherry and other tart red berries along with a bit of spice and soft tannins. This is a light to medium-bodied wine that you may want to serve slightly chilled. The finish is short, but quite good nonetheless. A highly quaffable wine that makes a good match for red sauces!
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