Amarone della Valpolicella DOCG Classico 2018 by Vigneti di Ettore
The Amarone della Valpolicella DOCG Classico by Vigneti di Ettore, a 2018 vintage, stands as a remarkable example of winemaking in the Valpolicella Classica, embodying the deep-rooted legacy of Ettore Righetti and his nephew Gabriele. Located in the scenic Negrar region, near the charming Casetta del Gottardo that overlooks Lake Garda, this winery has a storied history that dates back to 1930. Under the guidance of Ettore Righetti, the historic president of the Negrar winery, it began bottling in its cellar in 2011, marking a new era in its rich heritage.
This exquisite wine is a blend of 50% Corvina, 25% Corvinone, 10% Croatina, 10% Rondinella, and 5% Oseleta, reflecting the unique terroir of the Valpolicella region. The 2018 vintage is particularly noteworthy for its dedication to quality and tradition. With an alcohol content of 15%, the wine boasts a robust character. The aging process involves meticulous aging in tonneau for 30 months, followed by an additional year in the bottle, allowing the flavors to integrate and mature beautifully.
Upon tasting, the Amarone reveals an enticing bouquet of aromas with plum and blackberry taking center stage, supported by layers of sweet spice, cinnamon, nutmeg, and subtle nuances of dry woods and furniture waxes. On the palate, it exhibits a dignified and robust character, underpinned by a solid tannic structure and a refreshing acidity. The wine undergoes a remarkable evolution, revealing toasted barley coffee and carob notes, adding a refined touch of maturity. The finish is intense and lingering, leaving a lasting impression.
This Amarone pairs exceptionally well with red meats, game, and mature cheeses, its balanced and refined profile enhancing the flavors of each dish. Vigneti di Ettore’s commitment to the land is evident in their lush vineyards and carefully renovated cellar. Their wines are a testament to their philosophy of producing clean, balanced, and elegant wines, with a focus on freshness and drinkability. The minimal use of wood in the cellar speaks to their dedication to quality and longevity.
As a burgeoning company, Vigneti di Ettore is set to leave a significant mark in the world of fine wines.