Italy, Veneto, Negrar
Grapes: 55% Corvina and Corvinone, 30% Rondinella, 15%Cabernet, Nebbiolo, Croatina and Sangiovese.
Color: deep pomegranate red
Fragrance: intense aromas, delicate perfume of bitter almonds with undertones of cherry
Taste: potent, complex, well balanced, persistent, spicy aspects
The grapes are carefully selected at the time of harvest and are brought into a conservation room and immediately put into wooden boxes and settled on rush matting. It is essential that the grapes are positioned correctly so that the passerillage raisining can take place in a complete and natural way. The first sign of “noble rot” appears at the end of November – beginning of December and develops mostly in the month of January. At the end of January pressing begins and after about 20 days of maceration, the alcoholic fermentation begins through indigenous yeasts. Fermentation follows and lasts for 45 days. Afterwards is the racking of the future Amarone as it is put into medium - small Slavonian oak barrels, where it matures for seven years. During this period, more alcoholic fermentations take place which yields a dry wine of extraordinary structure and complexity.
Amarone Riserva is very rarely produced, only in the very best vintages of Amarone 2/3 times in 10 years. It is a kind of Amarone made with the best grapes, aged longer in barrel (10 years) and with a net extract higher than the Amarone Classico.
(AG=95) There is so much to like about the 1997 Recioto della Valpolicella Classico. A juicy, expressive wine, the Recioto is especially forward and warm in this vintage. An exotic m’©lange of plums, mocha, espresso, spices and savory herbs captivates the intellectual and hedonistic senses in a wine of pure pleasure. Still a baby, the 1997 is developing gradually and beautifully. Readers lucky enough to own this elixir are in for a real treat. -- Antonio Galloni (RP=94) The 1997 Recioto della Valpolicella Classico is a gorgeous, refined wine with layers of sweet, perfumed fruit that flow gracefully from its medium-bodied frame. The 1997 Recioto isnŠ—Èt quite as extroverted as the profound 1995, but it does offer impeccable balance in a relatively understated, slender style for this house. Sweet spices, licorice, leather and incense linger on the long and immensely satisfying finish. I tasted the 1997 Recioto from both 375ml and 750ml bottles and found the wine consistently superb. Anticipated maturity: 2009-2019.