Saturday Side-by-Side - A Pair of Stunning Valpolicellas from Tenuta Lena di Mezzo
Tonight's dinner of spaghetti with wilted swiss chard and garlic chili oil provided for a good excuse to conduct a side-by-side comparison with a pair of Valpos from Tenuta Lena di Mezzo in the Veneto.
MONTE DEL FRÁ TENUTA LENA DI MEZZO VALPOLICELLA CLASSICO SUPERIORE 2008
This wine features ripe and dried red cherry, plum, black pepper, tobacco leaf, spice, and dried flowers. Lots of mouthwatering acidity here, which should keep it interesting for the next 5-10 years. 93 Points.
MONTE DEL FRÀ TENUTA LENA DI MEZZO RIPASSO VALPOLICELLA CLASSICO SUPERIORE 2008
Slightly denser than its counterpart, it offers up more floral and tobacco elements, with pepper, black cherry, black plum, smoke, and a hint of dried mushroom. More approachable now. 92 Points.
These are both stunning wines for under $20. Watch for more releases from Monte del Fra.