Grapes: Corvina, Rondinella, Molinara
Located in Gargagnago, within the commune of Sant'Ambrogio di Valpolicella, this vineyard is part of the Conti Serego Alighieri family property. At 230-265 meters elevation, vineyards face southwest, with red soil rich in humus, on eocenic limestone and clay, with good drainage. Terraces are supported by dry stone walls call ‘marogne.’ Terrain and climatic conditions permit only limited production of very high-quality grapes. Amarone is made with the ancient method of "appassimento," drying of the grapes. Bunches are dried on bamboo racks with natural ventilation. By mid-February, the grapes weigh 35-40% less; only Corvina is affected by botrytis. After delicate pressing, the dried grapes are partially destemmed, fermented for 48 days in large Slavonian oak botti, at cold, natural temperatures until the sugar has transformed to alcohol, with malolactic. Aged 3 years in 6-20 hl Slavonian oak botti, 4 months in cherry wood casks’ minimum 5 months in bottle.
Wine & Spirits2009 vintage
Winter snows and spring showers promoted normal growth with the vines. Temperatures were above average until the end of September, allowing grapes to ripen slowly and healthily, and harvesting to take place 10 days earlier than normal. Vineyards have all provided crops of excellent quality, and quantities about 10% less than previous year. Sharp drops in temperature at the beginning of September and good diurnal temperature variations led to excellent aromatic qualities in Corvina, Rondinella and Molinara grapes. Acidity and sugar concentrations were high. Harvesting began on 21 September with the Rondinella variety.
Rich aromas of bitter cherry, baked fruits, cinnamon and vanilla, with oak notes. Rich, plush and hefty flavors of sweet cherry, cooked fruit, almond, cinnamon and clove are shaped by acidity before the long finish.
Red meats, game, quail, roasts, and richly-flavored dishes. Excellent with strong, hard cheeses like parmesan and pecorino, and a noble after-dinner wine.
GRAPES: Corvina, Rondinella, Molinara
APPELLATION: Amarone della Valpolicella Classico DOC
ACIDITY: 5.9 g/l
points of distinction
- Since 1353, the noble Serego Alighieri family, descendants of Dante, have been Valpolicella wine growers.
- The term Amarone probably comes from this old, venerated vineyard named Vaio Armaron.
- Serego Alighieri Vaio Armaron can age 25-30 years.
about the grape +
Corvina has bright, relatively delicate cherry fruit flavors, with high acidity and pronounced aromas of cherry, bitter almond and spice.
– Raffaele Boscaini, General Coordinator of Masi Technical Group
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