This wine has been consistently very good, year-after-year, since I can remember first trying it (in the early 80s). It usually walks a line somewhere between the lighter, fresher regular Valpos many wineries offer as their entry level wine and their somewhat denser, riper, earthier Ripassos. The 2010 is really nice.
Vibrant ruby with a purply tinge. Gobs of ripe, dark, crunchy berry fruit on the nose. The first night, the fruit obscured all else. Then I left it under a Vacu-Vin for 48 hours, and it had developed some of the almondy characteristics frequently associated with Valpos. Wonderful concentration and vibrancy in the mouth; a wine that just begets sip after sip, and would pair with all sorts of meals. Nice length and wonderful purity. A-. Was $16.99 at Total Wine in Fairfax, VA. Imported by Vintus LLC, Pleasantville, NY.