Marion Valpolicella Superiore 2018


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“The 2018 Valpolicella Superiore is beautiful. Peppery florals and earth tones give way to wild strawberries and licorice. It splashes across the palate with a balanced inner sweetness contrasted by a mix of red plums and saline-mineral tones. The 2018 leaves the mouth watering for more, finishing only lightly structured and potent with lingering tart wild berries and sour citrus hints. Drinking window: 2023-2028. 92 points

The Marion winery and vineyards are located in Marcellise, outside the Classico zone, on the hills east of Verona. This year’s releases include a new set of wines that Stefano Campedelli made from a vineyard across the valley from the winery with distinctly white calcareous soils. The wines are labeled Corte Lavel, and are done in a more immediate style. That said, the Amarone is impressive, with years of positive development in store for collectors. At Marion, the 2018 Teroldego is a highlight. Many 2018s in Valpolicella come across as fragile and almost diluted in feel, yet that is not the case here. The 2018 Amarone is also notable, yet more in the context of the vintage.”

Eric Guido, Vinous (03/23)