Tenuta Santa Maria Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Riserva
Grape Varietal: Corvina 75%, Rondinella 10%, Corvinone 15%
Vineyard: Arbizzano di Negrar, Verona
Vine Age: 29 years
Soil: Clay hills and calcareous layers
Training System: Guyot
Fermentation: At the end of September, the finest grapes are hand-selected for a special, early harvest on our estate in Arbizzano di Negrar, located in the Valpolicella Classica Region. The fruit is then laid to dry for 4-5 months on bamboo and wood mats in a centuries-old chamber, protected but with natural air circulation. Towards the middle of January, after reaching the desired sugar concentration (and when the grapes have lost 40-50% of their original weight), the dried fruit is pressed and left to ferment for 25-30 days at a controlled temperature accompanied by daily punch downs.
Aging: Long period of fining in large oak barrels where the malolactic fermentation takes place. Nearly five years after the initial harvesting, the wine is bottled for an additional six months’ minimum of refinement.
Alcohol content: 15.5% alcohol by volume
Tasting Notes: The wine has a ruby red color with garnet reflections. The impact of preserved cherry, spices, and dried rose petal lend complexity and elegance to the nose. To the palate, it has warmth and subtlety, well-structured and with a high alcohol content, balanced by velvety tannins and an elegant acidity and freshness.
Formats Available: 750 ml, 1.5 L (3 L and 5 L available as special order)
Current Vintage: 2012