Amarone della Valpolicella DOCG Classico “Vigneto Monte Sant’Urbano” by Speri
A five-star vintage (according to our own chart!) from a five-star vineyard and a five-star winery. Speri’s top plot of land has made another extremely serious wine, one to be reckoned with, and a must for Amarone aficionados and collectors.
Winemaking: high altitude vines near Fumane. Appassimento for 4 months on traditional arele, before oak ageing for 2 years in French oak tonneaux and 18 months in Slavonian botti. For a further year the wine is aged in the bottle prior to release.
Assemblage: corvina and corvinone 70%, rondinella 25%, molinara 5%.
Soil: igneous and calcareous.
Colour: a surprising transparency after a decade or so ageing, garnet with brick tendencies.
Aroma: as perfect an example of old-school Amarone as you’re likely to find. Power yes, fruit yes, but subtlety, layers, and abundant complexity as well. Trademark bitter cherries, with undertones of almonds, cacao, maybe a little liquorice and something like cool autumn afternoons.
Palate: austere, but starting to yield now, big with a touch of heat, and yet smooth, remarkably refreshing and with a finish of incredible longevity.
Ageability: still going strong and will do so for years and years yet if kept well.
Pairing: all the big secondi, of course, but for us this is a sip-and-chat-about-the-world kind of wine.