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I first tasted Cecilia Trucchi fabulous Valpolicella at a Natural Wine event in Roma a few years ago. Cecilia only presented one wine and it stood shoulder to shoulder with other great producers in the room who included Giuseppe Rinaldi, Paolo Bea and Cavalotto. What stood out was it territoriality and its incredible purity and it tasted nothing like any other Valpolicella I had ever tasted. Villa Bellini is a special site that sits atop the Castelrotto cru, a volcanic tufa that faces south-east on a gentle slope that follows the contour of the hill supported by dry stone walls. The vineyard is planted to the traditional local varieties of Corvina, Corvione, Rondinella & Molinara. They are trained albarello and pergola veronese and the vineyard is managed organically and is certified by bioagricert. The harvest is carried manually, a portion of the grapes are pressed and the rest is left to dry in the loft of the winery for a short period of 30 days, the fermentation takes spontaneously and last for around 15-20 days then wines ages for 24 months large traditional oak. No fining, no filtering and only a small addition of sulphur dioxide.

The 2008 ‘Taso’ is a fabulous rendition of Valpolicella, it has a seamless balance of fresh and ripasso characters with an incredible purity and vibrancy. Cecilia could only offer us 72 bottles of the 2008 so fingers crossed we will receive a bigger allocation of the 2009. 


Region: Castelrotto, Veneto
Country: Italy
Web: www.villabellini.com