Veneto, Italy

Amarone della Valpolicella Classico DOCG — 2018

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  • Vineyard Profile

    • Vineyards: Sant’Ambrogio
    • Size: 23 hectares (57 acres)
    • Vine Age: 17 years
    • Soil: Dark, gravelly, high clay content, fertile, deep and drought-resistant
    • Elevation: 495 feet above sea level
    • Orientation: North-south orientation
    • Density: 5,000 vines/hectare (2,023 vines/acre)
    • Training: Guyot, 8 buds per vine, green cover crop between rows
  • Vintage Report

    • Spring begun with unusually cold temperatures in the first half of March followed by a rise in temperature towards the end of the month. This surge continued through April, with numbers above the seasonal average. Despite this trend, there were moments of cold air throughout.

      The summer was met by a relatively cool and rainy start, an unusual occurrence for the entire Valpolicella area followed by a warm and less rainy July. Overall, the season was warmer than average, but we managed to obtain very high-level products. We consider the Amarone 2018 to be one of the best of the last 5-8 years due to both the skillful ability to select thebest bunches by our grape harvesters and to the increasing use of large barrels to the detriment of small barrels.


    • Harvest Date(s): Manual, of selected bunches towards mid-September. Slow grape withering in the drying room until January.
    • Yields: 30 hl/ha (3 tons/acre)
  • Vinification

    • Crushing and pressing of de-stemmed dry grapes in January Fermentation at a controlled temperature of 24°C. Maceration of the must for 25 days in contact with the skins, with daily pumping-over. Malolactic fermentation.

    • Aging: The wine is aged in tonneaux and 50 hl casks for 30 months. It is then left to mature for at least 12 months in the bottle before sale.
  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: 60% Corvina, 20% Corvinone, 10% Rondinella, 5% Croatina, 5% Oseleta
    • Alcohol: 16.2%
    • TA: 5.5 g/L
    • p H: 3.5
    • RS: 3 g/L
  • Tasting Notes

    • Intense ruby red color. Scent of cherry, black cherry and white pepper, with mineral notes. Soft, fresh and elegant taste.