Terroir: Grown in the original production zone of Valpolicella Classico in the Veneto, Italy. Limestone, marl, some tuffaceous soil.
Vinification: Grapes are hand-harvested and dried on racks for four months. The raisined grapes are then pressed, followed by a cool (5° C) pre-fermentation maceration of seven days. The grapes then undergo a slow fermentation for 25 days and are once again macerated for five days at 24° C. The juice is aged for 12 months in 100% French oak barrels and then 36 months in 100% Slovenian oak casks. The wine rests nine months in bottle before being released.
Deep garnet color with a violet hue. Aromas of wild cherries, black fruit, vanilla and licorice, with hints of cedar. Full-bodied and velvety, with ripe tannins and notes of plums, cocoa and spices.
Score: 91 PointsJamesSuckling.com Author: James Suckling
Score: 91 PointsWine Enthusiast Author: Kerin O'Keefe
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