Wine Spectator 92 points - The 2010 Amarone della Valpolicella Classico takes a modern spin on a local classic. The blend is 90% Corvina Veronese with smaller parts Oseleta and Rondinella that add color intensity. The wine’s leading aromas revolve around Morello cherry and dark blackberry. But this New World Amarone also undergoes 18 months in new barrique. Its secondary aromas are vibrant and bold with cumin, dark spice and barbecue smoke. In the mouth, this Amarone offers velvety tannins and thick consistency.
An elegant red that seamlessly integrates supple tannins and mouthwatering acidity with a core of plump cherry, fig paste, dried thyme and melted licorice flavors. The long, spiced finish shows a streak of smoky minerality. Drink now through 2030.-A.N.
"Ripe, sweet fruit flavors of damson plum and black cherry mix with lively acidity and accents of date, spice box, mineral and fresh earth, while layered tannins add muscle to this elegant red. Drink now through 2025." - Wine Spectator
|Wine maker notes
|GRAPE VARIETES: 75% Corvina Veronese, 20% Rondinella, 5% Molinara
THE VINEYARD: The hills of the Valpolicella Classico region.
South east exposure.
Varied soil, but mostly cretaceous, calcareous, stony and well drained.
VITICULTURE: Pergola Trentina training with about 3,000 vines per
Average age of productive vines: 27 years.
YIELD: 33 Hl/Ha
HARVEST: Manual harvest carried out during the second fortnight in September
PROCESSES: Natural drying of grapes in the loft with the loss of 42% of the original weight (for about 100 days).
De-stalking and crushing of the grapes.
Fermentation temperature: 12°-24°C .
Maceration time: 27 days .
Daily periodic pumping over.
Matured in wood for 19 months.
Blended together for 6 months.
Matured in bottle for 14 months.
|Near the end of 2002, Elisabetta Gnudi Angelini, owner of nearby Tenuta Caparzo, purchased the Altesino winery. Winemaker Claudio Basla remained with the estate, emphasizing his commitment to maintaining Altesino”s hard-earned reputation as a Montalcino institution and a global leader in innovative winemaking.