Amarone della Valpolicella DOCG Classico by Tenuta Santa Maria Valverde
Immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of Italian winemaking with the exquisite Amarone della Valpolicella Classico DOCG from the renowned Tenuta Santa Maria Valverde. Nestled in the idyllic hills of Marano di Valpolicella, this exceptional wine is a tribute to the region’s deep-rooted viticultural heritage.
Terroir and Tradition: Grown at 500 meters above sea level, the vines thrive on ancient, disintegrating lava terrains in the Purano sub-area, known historically for exclusive Amarone production. The south-facing vineyards, graced by over 200-year-old dry stone walls, are planted with a dense arrangement of 5290 vines per hectare. Here, a blend of Corvina, Corvinone, Rondinella, Molinara, and Oseleta grapes, each contributing a unique character, is nurtured on traditional artisanal pergolas.
Vintage and Vinification: With over 20 years of vineyard maturity, each vine yields 1.5 kg of grapes, carefully harvested from mid-October to late November. The wine undergoes a meticulous withering process, honoring ancient methods and resulting in a significant weight loss of 45%. The slow, natural fermentation with indigenous yeasts, coupled with temperature-controlled fermentation in cherry wood vats, underpins the wine’s distinctive profile. Its refinement in French oak tonneaux for seven years, followed by two years of bottle aging in underground cellars, adds layers of complexity.
Bottling Excellence: Only 4000 bottles are produced annually, each numbered to reflect its exclusivity. Housed in the weighty “Borgognotta” bottle, it ensures optimal preservation against thermal and light shocks, making it a perfect candidate for prolonged aging.
Sensorial Journey: Boasting a rich ruby red color with purple violet reflections, the wine reveals an intense and persistent aroma. The olfactory experience is a symphony of blackberry, balsamic hints, white pepper, and a bouquet of rose hips and violets, enriched by undertones of caramel, toasting, and vanilla from its oak aging. On the palate, it unveils an aromatic complexity, balancing incisive spiciness and acidity with a wraparound warmth, tasteful freshness, and pleasant sapidity. The tannins are well-presented, gently drying the mouth.
Gastronomic Pairings: This Amarone is a versatile companion to a range of culinary delights. From pasta and game to elaborate red meats, fresh and aged cheeses, and even sweet and bitter chocolate, its elegance and structure make it a perfect match.
Sustainable Impact: With an ecological footprint of 1.04 CFP CO2/kg, this wine demonstrates a commitment to sustainability.
Optimal Service: While the standard serving temperature is 16°C, a slightly lower temperature is recommended in summer, showcasing its delightful versatility.
This Amarone della Valpolicella DOCG Classico by Tenuta Santa Maria Valverde, with its deep roots in tradition, meticulous crafting, and exceptional taste profile, promises to be a timeless addition to any wine connoisseur’s collection.