Ca' La Bionda - Amarone della Valpolicella 2009 - Exceptional Length 75cl Bottle
75cl Bottle £40.98 In Stock
Description: This is a wine that will not leave you indifferent.
Deep ruby red tending towards garnet.
The nose is rich and complex with aromas of sour cherries, blackberries, tobacco and candied fruits.
Palate is rich and intense with similar fruit characters, fine tannins and exceptional length.
To make Amarone only the best grapes are used. The least compact bunches with the best exposure to sunlight are selected. Immediately after vintage the grape bunches are placed on cane drying racks which facilitate the drying or "raisining" of the grapes. This drying period lasts from vintage to the end of January or early February. During this "drying" period the grapes loose approximately 40% of their weight in water and undergo certain physio-chemical transformations that give to the finished wine a unique bouquet and flavour as well as a remarkable concentration. The making of Amarone is not only about technical expertise but also the result of rigorous work in the vineyard and a patient and meticulous period of ageing lasting for four years from the completion of fermentation.
This Amarone is fermented in stainless steel tanks at the very low temperature of 10-15 degrees C. This is due to the low ambient temperature during winter. Following fermentation the wine is left to age for 36 months in 3000 litre new oak barrels. Once bottled the wine remains in the winery for a further period of 8 months before its commercial release.
This wine goes with red meats such as char-grilled steak, slow-cooked stews and game or it can be simply sipped and savoured in "meditation" as it is said in Italy.
Producer: Ca' la Bionda - www.calabionda.it ABV: 16% Appellation: Amarone della Valpolicella Body: Full Bodied Brand: Ca' la Bionda Country of Origin: Italy Grape Type: Rondinella Grape Type: Corvina Quality Designation: DOC Region: Veneto Serving temperature Degrees C: 16-18 Style of Red: Full & Fruity Type of closure: Natural Cork Vintage: 2009
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The Azienda Agricola Ca' la Bionda is situated in the commune of Marano di Valpolicella, in the heart of the 'classic' zone of the Valpolicella. The vineyard area extends over 29 hectares of hillside land at an altitude which ranges between 150 and 300 meters above sea level and with an eastern exposure. The winery, recently renovated and restructured, was founded in 1902 by Pietro Castellani who was both a passionate and dedicated grape grower and wine-maker. The Castellani family, currently in its fourth generation, continues with the same commitment and passion the work began by Pietro more than one hundred years ago. All phases of the wine-making process, cultivation of the highest quality grapes, grape harvest, vinification, ageing and marketing are carried out directly by the family.