Red wine: Amarone della Valpolicella Selezione 2017
The most famous wine from the Valpolicella region is without a doubt the Amarone. Only the best corvina, rondinella and molinara grapes qualify for this prestigious Venetian.
At the end of January, the grapes are pressed and the alcoholic fermentation begins, which can last up to thirty days. Subsequently, the wine is aged for twenty-four months in oak barrels of 350 liters, after which a bottle aging of six months follows. The opaque ruby red Amarone has an overwhelming perfume of ripened fruit, licorice, fresh green herbs and black pepper. The tannins are sultry and sweet, but the wine is still harmonious with pleasant acidity. It is precisely this freshness that makes it delicious with meals: dishes with truffles, game, poultry, red meat and matured cheeses. Recommended serving temperature is sixteen degrees Celsius.
Alcohol : 15.5%
Origin : Italy, Veneto
Winery : Tenuta Sant'Antonio
The Selezione is a composition of wine from calcareous soils with eight thousand vines per hectare with an average age of fifteen years mixed with wine from clay soils with an average of twenty-five years old vines planted with a density of four thousand per hectare. Both orchards are cultivated in an environmentally friendly way and the yield is deliberately kept low through short pruning and green harvesting. The first plots yield highly concentrated and spicy wine, the second provides the Amarone with round tannins and ripe fruit.
The harvest is brought in in several stages over a period of twenty days: ten days before the end of September and the first ten of October. After picking, the bunches are carefully laid to dry for three months on mats (apassimento) in well-ventilated sheds on the estate.