Pra 2020 Valpolicella, Morandina, DOC

Pra 2020 Valpolicella, Morandina, DOC

Item Number: 16932

UPC: 8-032601850076

Country: Italy
Region: Veneto
Sub Region: Valpolicella
Appellation/AVA: Valpolicella DOC
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Vineyard Designation: Morandina
Vintage: 2020
Grape(s): Corvina / Corvinone / Rondinella / Oseleta
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Pack: 12
Closure: Cork
Viticulture: Certified Organic
Soil Type: Glacial, poor limestone
Elevation: 1,470 feet

Vineyard Notes: Besides Soave, Graziano also produces Valpolicella and Amarone from a vineyard that he purchased and planted in 2001. La Morandina is on the high slopes of the Mezzane Valley. Corvina, Corvinone, Rondinella, and Oseleta grapes are planted in calcareous soils of glacial origin. The limestone and surface marl fossils produce wines of finesse and elegance. Cool breezes from the Lessini Mountains guarantee big ventilation and slow ripening of the grapes. 2006 was the first production year for this vineyard.

Winemaking Notes: There is a light drying period of 20 days. The grapes are destemmed, pressed, and vinified with the delestage method (rack and return). Alcohol fermentation is followed by malolactic fermentation in stainless steel vats. Then the wine is moved to large 20-hectoliter oak casks where it will age for 3-6 months before bottling.

Tasting Notes: This wine smells incredible. It has a spice rack of aromas combined with fresh berries and minerals. The palate is elegant and fresh with complex flavors and persistent tannins. There is restraint in a good way. Black pepper and currant linger on the finish. Pair with charcuterie, tuna, salmon, fresh dishes, or spices like chili.

About the Label: The unicorn is a symbol of purity. This label was found in an old Russian book in the Verona library.


  • Vinous
    Rating: 89 (4/14/2022)

    The 2020 Valpolicella Morandina is vibrant and rosy, with savory herbs and florals coming together with chalk dust and exotic herbal tea leaves. This is juicy yet savory and salty in character, really interacting with the palate, with saturating minerals giving way to tart wild berries and inner florals. The long and spicy finale tapers off with a peppery edge. This is a fantastic Valpolicella to enjoy with a meal.