Tenuta Santa Maria Amarone Della Valpolicella Classico Riserva 2017

70.00

Description

From the home of Amarone (these guys literally invented it) comes this magnificent Riserva example of the iconic ‘great bitter’.

Using only the indigenous grapes Corvina, Corvinone and Rondinella from low-yield vines in the Negrar di Valpolicella Valley, grapes are dried on racks for four months prior to separate maceration and fermentation in stainless steel for 30-35 days. The separate wines are then aged for 66 months (yes, five and a half years) in large Slavonian oak barrels, before blending can be done with the finished components. The wine is then left for a minimum of six months in bottle before being released.

Deep brick red in colour going orange-tinged at the rim, the complex nose is incredibly well integrated — dark fruits, black cherry, damson, cassis dominate but there’s a real elegance, wild flowers and dried herbs, violets and tobacco, along with exotic spice notes, cinnamon and liqourice. The palate is expectedly full and rich but equally soft and warm on the entry, sweet balsamic and morello cherry notes gliding on a superbly balanced structure, like a silk symphony of polished tannins and genial acidity as harmonious as a Veronese orchestra. Oh my.

  • Rich, complex, savoury
  • 750ml
  • 16.0% Alcohol
  • Cork
  • Drink by 2050
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Producer: Tenuta Santa Maria

Ok, admittedly the opportunity to visit this place was an attraction all on its own but when we tasted the wines of the Bertani family at Villa Mosconi Bertani, and then heard the history (these guys literally invented Amarone), we were hooked.

An elegant 18th-century, Venetian style neoclassical residence — whose historic cellars gave birth to the birth of Amarone in 1936 — Villa Mosconi di Giovanni e Guglielmo Bertani lies in the picturesque village of Arbizzano di Negrar, in the heart of Valpolicella Classica. In this luscious valley, just minutes from Verona and about twenty kilometres from Lake Garda, the vineyards find an ideal location in terms of microclimate and exposure. The sedimentary marl soil rests on a limestone rock substrate and is particularly suited to the cultivation of Corvina, planted here since 1883, and the other indigenous grapes of Verona.

The estate itself offers a unique example of a walled vineyard or brolo, drying lofts for the appassimento of the grapes, areas for vinification, and cellars dating back to the 16th century, all dedicated to the production of fine wines. Amarone and Valpolicella wines are produced from grapes which are grown in the estate's vineyards, developed and aged in these historic cellars.

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