Amarone della Valpolicella Riserva DOCG “Due Mori” 2013 by Ilatium
Ilatium’s flagship riserva, the crème-de-la-crème of their fruit and their winemaking efforts, and the ultimate expression of Ilatium’s modern, drinkable, friendly style of Amarone della Valpolicella.
Winemaking: Only the best grapes of important vintages are hand-picked, with strict selection depending on the ripening period. Then the grapes are dried in 5-6kg crates in a controlled environment for 100-120 days. Destemming and pressing takes place in January, followed by cold maceration and controlled fermentation for 10-15 with frequent pumping over and moving of the pressed grapes (at a temperature from 18°C-25°C, with a final temperature from 28°C-30°C). The wine is then aged in French and North American oak barrels with a capacity of 225-500 litres for about 42 months, followed by 12 months refinement in the bottle.
Assemblage: corvina and corvinone 70%, rondinella 20%, croatina 10%.
Soil: the clayey-calcareous soils of Mezzane di Sotto and the Valle d’Illasi.
Colour: an impenetrable ruby red.
Aroma: intense, complex and almost rich; perceived ethereal hints and notes of ripe red berries, cherry, Amarena cherry, blueberries, with spicy notes of cinnamon and vanilla.
Palate: dry, warm and smooth, with perceptible elegant tannins.
Ageability: enough heft to support its considerable fruit for another decade.
Pairing: this is probably best on its own, over a whole afternoon when you have nothing else to do.