Cantina Valpantena, Torre del Falasco, Amarone della Valpolicella, 2018
Region: Valpolicella, Veneto, Italy
Bottle size: 75cl
Grape: 85% Corvina , 15% Rondinella
Notes: Vegetarian, Vegan
Deep ruby in colour, this wine has aromas of ripe plums, spice and cocoa, which give way to a solid tannin structure that supports the concentrated, dried-cherry fruit character. It is long and silky on the finish, with a bitter cherry-chocolate twist characteristic of good Amarone.
Once picked, the grapes were dried for at least four months in the Valpantena drying centre where temperature and humidity were controlled to ensure slow, even drying. During this period, the grapes lost 40% of their original weight. After drying, the grapes were crushed and then fermented in temperature-controlled, stainless-steel tanks at 18-22°C with maceration lasting for 20 days. Once fermentation was complete, the wine matured in oak barrels for two years before bottling.
The Torre del Falasco wines are the standard bearers of this co-operative, situated in the Valpantena, northeast of Verona. Known as the ’valley of god’ to the ancient Greeks, this area is well-known for its high quality red wines, due partly to the soils but also because of the cool breeze that blows down the valley from the foothills of the Dolomites.