Maker: Fratelli Bolla, Verona, Italy
Packaging: 750 ml bottle, artificial cork
Our Rating: 6.5 out of 10
I tried this wine years ago and had a dim but fond memory of that experience when I cracked open a bottle of Bolla Valpolicella 2004. The aroma hinted at a promising flavor, with floral and spice notes. The wine was a disappointment in the mouth, though, as the berry flavors were overwhelmed by sharp tannins and a peppery acidity that practically scorched the throat on the way down. Even with plenty of opportunity to breathe, the wine failed to improve.
Based on my own much earlier experience and the favorable comments of many others about Bolla wines in general and their Valpolicella in particular, I can only assume that I picked a bad bottle, or a bottle from an inferior batch. Perhaps we’ll give one of their other varietals a try, or wait for the 2005 Valpolicella.