Amarone della Valpolicella DOCG “Senza Titolo” 2012 by Musella
An incredible Amarone wine from Musella, produced ‘as naturally as possible’ from an ‘obsessive grape selection’. A must-try for any serious Amarone connoisseur.
Assemblage: Corvina and corvinone 70%, rondinella 10%, oseleta 10%, croatina 7%, others 3%.
Soil: Calcareous with red clay and tufo
Winemaking techniques: After pressing, 100 days after the harvest, four or five people discard even a single grape if it isn’t perfectly healthy. The pressing is done by feet, the dry stems left in to add some extra tannin, while the fermentation is done with indigenous yeasts at non-controlled temperatures in a conical oak fermenting vat. They do “follature” daily by hand until the fermentation naturally slows after a few months.
Ageing: At least 3 years in massive, untoasted barrels (700 litres) so as to minimally intervene in the final wine.
Colour: Owing to the lack of filtration or clarification the wine is deeply opaque, a purple-garnet with brick edges.
Aromas: Still rich and powerful, but with extraordinary delicate, floral notes, with some cocoa and smokey elements sneaking in as well.
Palate: Hugely structured, but velvety and balanced nonetheless, with wonderful freshness even after a decade.