Ca' La Bionda - Amarone della Valpolicella 2011Exceptional Length
Available 28th Jan 2017
Country of OriginItaly
- BodyFull Bodied
- Grape TypeCorvina
- Grape TypeRondinella
- Quality DesignationDOC
- Serving temperature Degrees C16-18
- Style of RedFull & Fruity
- Type of closureNatural Cork
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.