Veneto, Italy

Amarone della Valpolicella Classico DOCG – 2012

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  • Vineyard Profile

    • Vine Age: 10 years
    • Soil: Dark, gravelly, high clay content, fertile, deep and drought-resistant
    • Density: 5,000 vines/hectare (2,023 vines/acre)
    • Training: Guyot, 8 buds per vine, green cover crop between rows
  • Vintage Report

    • The year began with a long drought and hot weather in April, leading to early budbreak. The following months were rainy and temperatures remained below average until July. In August, it warmed up and the soil dried out quickly. The grapes ripened early and in smaller quantities than usual.

    • Harvest Date(s): Mid-September
    • Yields: 30 hl/Ha (3.03 tons/acre)
  • Vinification

    • Dry, destemmed grapes were crushed and pressed in January. Fermentation was at a controlled temperature of 24 C (75 F). Extended maceration was for 25 days with daily pumpovers. Malolactic fermentation took place. The wine was aged 30 months in French oak barriques (20% new, 80% used) and 12 months in bottle before being released.

  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: 60% Corvina, 20% Corvinone, 10% Rondinella, 5% Croatina, 5% Oseleta
    • Alcohol: 16.2%
    • TA: 5.9 g/L
    • p H: 3.5
    • RS: 6 g/L
  • Tasting Notes

    • Dark ruby-red in color with garnet shades. Intense and elegant aromas of ripe fruit, raisins and spices with vanilla, tobacco, cocoa and anise. Persistent, warm flavors, velvety and harmonious. This is a wine for meditation — a protagonist on its own. It is traditionally paired with game, grilled beef, stew, braised meat and mature cheeses, however, the smoothness of its dry fruit allows for modern and daring pairing…have you ever tried it with raw prawns or scampi? Serve at 18 C (65 F). Open at least one hour before serving.



  • Amarone della Valpolicella Classico DOC – 2012 – 92 points – Wine Spectator Insider

    “Redolent of balsamic accents of spice and herb, this full-bodied red offers dark and brambly berry and black currant fruit, layered with grippy tannins. Features a lingering, tar-tinged finish. Drink now through 2025.”

  • Amarone della Valpolicella Classico DOC – 2012 – 90 points – Vinous

    “Opaque inky-ruby. Bright, fresh aromas of dark plum, dried herbs and brown spices. Then not especially fruity in the mouth, but with slightly austere herbal and inky nuances to the subdued dark berry flavors present. Finishes long, fresh and with a light on its feet quality, picking up some sweet red fruit nuances on the back end.”