Valpolicella is a red wine created from Molinara, Corvina, and Rondinella grapes in the Veneto region of Italy. Regular Valpolicella has no more that 70% Corvina and is 11% alcolol. Valpolicella Superiore is created with at least 1 year of aging, and must be 12% alcohol or more.
Valpolicella can be a fruity, medium-weight red wine, but because of recent production troubles and overplanting it can often be thin and acidic. They can have licorice hints, a light cherry flavor and slightly bitter finish. Robert Parker went so far as to call it ” industrial garbage” at one point. Valpolicella producers are trying to improve their wines to combat this appearance.