Wine Details

Tenuta Santa Maria Valpolicella Classico Superiore DOC

This is a traditional Valpolicella, representative of the region and Bertani family tradition. The “Classico” designation refers to the areas where the very first Valpolicella vineyards were planted – on quality hillside sites, yielding the best fruit and therefore best wines. Typical aromas of fruit (blueberry, cherry) are accented by spicy notes of cinnamon and pepper. The palate is soft, fruity and warm with structured tannins, balanced with a pleasant acidity and a long finish.

Region:

Producer:

Tenuta Santa Maria

Varietal:

75% Corvina 10% Rondinella 15% Corvinone

Vineyard:

Abrizzano di Nergar (Verona)

Yield:

8,000 kg/ha

Aging:

Malolactic fermentation then 12 months aging in oak barrels before bottling

Alcohol content:

14.0%

Age of vines:

27 years

pH level:

3.45

Acidity:

5.12 g/l

Production:

60,000 bottles

Soil:

Primarily clay with deeper calcareous layers

Training:

Guyot

Average altitude:

150 - 200 meters above sea level

Vinification:

Grapes are crushed, cold-pressured then undergo temperature-controlled fermentation for 25-30 days with daily punch downs

Harvest:

End of September

Recent press reviews

92

Tenuta Santa Maria Valpolicella Classico Superiore DOC 2018

James Suckling (92)- "Intriguing, quite heady nose, offering strawberry jam, matcha tea and hints of hazelnuts and something like grated parmesan. Full-bodied with a silky start, then firm tannins appear, coated with a mix of sugar-cane and savory elements that linger in the mouth. Lots going on here. Drink or hold."

90

Tenuta Santa Maria Valpolicella Classico Superiore DOC 2018

Decanter (90 )- "Silver Medal-Decanter World Wine Awards: Ripe red cherries on the nose and a hint of black plums and smoke, with a spicy character."

90

Tenuta Santa Maria Valpolicella Classico Superiore DOC 2018

Vinous Media (90)- "The 2018 Valpolicella Classico Superiore is wildly spicy with a sour citrus twang contrasting rich cherry-berry fruits. It’s a juicy, high-energy effort, with vibrant shades of red offset by tactile minerality and brisk acids. Long and full of character, this leans more toward blue and purple fruits throughout the finale. There's a lot of pleasure to be found in the 2018 Valpolicella from Tenuta Santa Maria, and it's a great value as well."