Terroir: Le Ragose Amarone is produced from estate vineyards sitting above 1200 feet in elevation. The vineyards are ideally situated with a south-west exposure and soils of clay and magnesium, calcium and iron based gravel. Vines average 30-60 years old.
Vinification: Following harvest the grapes are laid out in single layers in small wooden boxes where they will slowly dry until January or February. Once dry, the raisined grapes are fermented for up to 30 days with indigenous yeasts in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks where they will stay for a period of 12 months followed by 1-2 years in Tonneaux of Allier oak casks.
The 2011 Recioto has a nose of intense concentrated black cherry and currant. Dense, ripe and lush wild berries with a hint of dark chocolate. This is an unusual dessert wine of power and elegance, harmonic and enticing. The finish is sweet at the front of the pallet and dry at the back. It is long and satisfying. Excellent with gorgonzola cheese, dark chocolate desserts, cheesecakes, hazelnut and almond desserts.
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