Recioto Della Valpolicella is a sweet, unfortified wine from Italy. It was upgraded to DOCG status with it’s little brother Amarone, in December 2009. The wine is named after the ‘ears’ of each bunch of grapes i.e. the ripest grapes.‘Rece’ is Italian slang for ears ‘orecchie’. Until Amarone’s emergence in the 20th century, Recioto represented the greatest of every Valpolicella producer’s range. Even the Romans raved about it. Recioto is made using the same ‘appassimento’ process as Amarone but the fruit is left to dry for an extra month, so theyn have to select only the best bunches at harvest. Once pressed, after at least 1st January following the harvest. The juice’s fermentation is stopped early to capture the fresh, sweet primary fruit flavours. Recioto della Valpolicella gets it’s sweetness from this early stopping of the fermentation, as not all the sugar in the grape juice is converted to alcohol, they are typically around 12% with an elegant warm, rich palate.
The wine is then typically matured for 12 months in small French barriques. Recioto della Valpolicella wine isdium-bodied with a beautiful, crushed velvet texture and a palate brimming with vivid, seductive black fruit and chocolate. Not surprisingly, only tiny quantities are made each year – only about 2% of the total production of Amarone.