Amarone della Valpolicella DOCG Classico by Ca’ La Bionda
Ca’ La Bionda’s most classic Amarone. Traditional in style but with modern (though unobtrusive) winemaking techniques, this is La Bionda’s statement on Amarone style, a balance of weight and refinement, fruity but not overwhelmingly so, and never forgetting wine’s primary purpose – as a drink, to be refreshing.
Winemaking: following careful selection, appassimento occurs on traditional bamboo racks for a long time, sometimes even into February, to allow a moisture reduction to a level of about 60%. Fermentation takes place in stainless steel at rather cool temperatures, around 10-15°C, followed by ageing in large-format botti for around 3 years before bottling. The wine is then held back for 8 months before release.
Assemblage: corvina 70%, corvinone 10%, rondinella and molinara 10%.
Soil: limestone and clay.
Colour: opaque purple, rubyish tinges.
Aroma: characteristic Maraschino of course, as well as a certain amount of baked spice and mocha, along with some fascinating hints of rosewater and violet aromatics.
Palate: classic power and weight, exceptionally long finish with bright cherries and black fruit up front, with a bit more of a sweet, nutty element from the oak. Rich but balanced, with firm acidity.
Ageability: typically long-lived, with the capacity to go over ten years.
Pairing: bistecca alla fiorentina. Or for sipping meditatively while sitting in a leather armchair next to an open fire.