Amarone Classico Riserva, Tenuta Santa Maria
• 75% Corvina, 10% Rondinella and 15% Corvinone • All from the Tenuta Santa Maria, a 20-hectare belted clos in Negrar • The grapes are hand harvested left to dry for 4/5 months • In January after losing 25%/30% of their weight, the raisin-like grapes are pressed and fermented for 25/30 days at controlled temperatures with daily pumping over • After 48 months of aging in large cask and tonneaux the wine is bottled • Rested 6 months in bottle before release • 2000 cases produced annually
Press & Reviews
The 2013 Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Riserva manages to deliver all of the richness, opulence and dark intense fruit that you’d hope for, in an unbelievably vibrant and pretty expression. Blackberries, currants, cinnamon, clove, cedar and mocha create an initially intense burst of aromatics. Hints of stone dust and dried roses evolve in the glass, adding further depth yet also freshness over time. The textures here are elegance personified, as wave after wave of silken ripe red fruits and spices washes across the palate, all guided by juicy acids that create a pure and high-energy expression. Notions of tart cherry, licorice, bitters and baker’s chocolate linger for well over a minute. Amarone is often called a wine of meditation, and the 2013 fits that bill perfectly.