Amarone della Valpolicella DOCG Classico Riserva “De Buris” 2010 by De Buris
Valpolicella is a land of great wineries, mighty producers, famous names and landowners renowned throughout the world. It is also, of course, a land of small producers, single-plot landowners and, most enticingly for the connoisseur, cult wineries. De Buris is one such cult winery – every drop in every bottle has been virtually hand-squeezed, pored over, thought about, considered. This riserva, the current release, is no different – a fine wine from a fine year, one very worth considering very carefully and thoughtfully.
Assemblage: corvina 60%, corvinone 25%, oseleta 10%, rondinella 5%.
Winemaking: from the La Groletta vineyard in Sant’Ambrogio di Valpolicella, ten hectares 250m above sea level made of clay and calcareous soil with a good component of limestone. Only the finest bunches are hand-selected and taken to the arele, where they are put through appassimento for 110 days. At the end of January the grapes are pressed, cryomacerated for 10 days and then fermented, for 30 days, in oak vats, with autochthonous yeasts. The wine is aged for 5 years is Slavonion oak casks of 15hl or 30hl, whereafter it is held back in bottle before release.
Colour: opaque violet.
Aroma: intense, with opulent fruits of the forest, but noticeably peppery and Christmas-spice notes, as well as cacao and a touch of butter.
Palate: structured, but remarkably smooth and harmonious, with sweet fruit balanced by a prominent minerality. The finish is a long and refreshing.
Ageability: only just getting going.