Wine Details

Tenuta Santa Maria Amarone Valpolicella Classico Riserva DOCG

In Italian, the name Amarone literally means "Great Bitter," and was actually coined in 1936 within the very cellars of the Villa Mosconi in reference to a wine the Bertani family had been producing under the name "Recioto Secco," (Dry Recioto) to distinguish from the much sweeter Veronese Recioto also produced using the "apassimento" technique. This Amarone is the most intense of the Tenuta Santa Maria wines, with its characteristic aromas and complexity. The wine is ruby red in color with garnet reflections, and the impact of cherry preserves, spices, and dried rose petals lend complexity and elegance to the nose. Warm and subtle on the palate, it presents an important structure and high alcohol content, balanced by velvety tannins and bright acidity and freshness.

Region:

Producer:

Tenuta Santa Maria

Varietal:

75% Corvina 10% Rondinella 15% Corvinone

Vineyard:

Arbizzano di Nergar (Verona)

Yield:

4,000 kg/ha

Aging:

Long period in large oak barrels of malolactic fermentation and and additional 4 years of aging

Alcohol content:

15.5%

Age of vines:

29 years

pH level:

3.52

Acidity:

6.04 g/l

Production:

20,000 bottles

Soil:

Primarily clay with deeper calcareous layers

Training:

Guyot

Average altitude:

150 - 200 meters above sea level

Vinification:

The finest hand-selected grapes dry for 4-5 months on bamboo and wooden mats in the estate's historic chamber (with natural air circulation) until they reach desired concentration of sugars (when they've lost 40-50% of original weight). The dried fruit is pressed and undergoes temperature-controlled fermentation with daily punch downs

Harvest:

Mid-September

Bottling:

At least 6 months refining in bottle before release

Recent press reviews

GM

Tenuta Santa Maria Amarone Valpolicella Classico Riserva DOCG 2013

London Wine Competition (GM)- "This ruby red wine has garnet reflections on the body. The notes of preserved cherry, spices and dried rose petal add complexity and elegance to this wine. The palate has refreshing warmth and subtlety. It is well-structured and and reflects hogh alcohol content. All in one, it's a perfect wine, well- balanced by tannins and elegant and refreshing acidity. Received the Gold Medal. "

GM

Tenuta Santa Maria Amarone Valpolicella Classico Riserva DOCG 2013

Mundus Vini (GM)- "Received the Gold Medal."

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Tenuta Santa Maria Amarone Valpolicella Classico Riserva DOCG 2013

Decanter (97)- "The wine has a ruby red color with garnet reflections. The impact of preserved cherry, spices, and dried rose petal lend complexity and elegance to the nose. To the palate, it has warmth and subtlety, well-structured and with a high alcohol content, balanced by velvety tannins and an elegant acidity and freshness."