Prà Amarone della Valpolicella 2016

Prà Amarone della Valpolicella 2016

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The grapes for our top red wine come from La Morandina in the Valle di Mezzane. Our search for the perfect vineyard led us to these white soils, derived from chalky rock, ancient clay and marine sand. This vineyard sits at 500 meters above sea level where the vines are enveloped by the soil, in constant search for water and nutrients. The yield here is incredibly low, adding further to the rich concentration of the final wine. We have farmed this vineyard organically since planting it in 2001.

Our Amarone is a blend of four indigenous grapes that yield a very complex expression. Corvina gives spiciness and cherry aromas, Corvinone gives glycerine and vibrant freshness, Rondinella adds delicate fruit and light floral aromas, while Oseleta provides colour and robust tannins. We start by carefully selecting bunches in the vineyard specifically for Amarone, then cutting away any damaged grapes that could affect the neighboring berries. Once brought into the winery, the bunches are dried by air in plateau for 2 months, concentrating the sugars and intensity of each berry.

After optimal concentration has been achieved, the grapes are destemmed, pressed and vinified in stainless steel vats. The wine is then transferred to French oak tonneaux and barriques for 2 years, then assembled together in 20hl Allier oak casks for one year before bottling and a minimum resting time of one year before release.

Press Notes:

This vintage has not yet been released or reviewed. 2015 vintage – 95 points, Vinous Media – “The 2015 Amarone della Valpolicella Morandina does a wonderful job of delivering the intensity of Amarone, but in a savory and balanced style that I’m finding quite attractive. Crushed cherries and stone dust evolve into notes of plum sauce, cloves, sage and dark chocolate. It’s velvety in texture yet lifted in feel, coming across as juicy at times, with vibrant acids that excite the palate with mineral-tinged red fruits and sweet spices. This becomes darker and more intense through the finale, revealing tart black currants, herbal tones and a hint of bitter coffee. There’s simply so much going on here, with a structure that can carry the 2015 in the cellar for well over a decade. What's more, it shows no sign of its 16.5% abv.” – Eric Guido