Grapes: 70% Corvina, 20% Rondinella, 10% 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.
Decanter World Wine Awards2012 vintage
The growing season in 2012 had mixed weather conditions. A dry and decidedly “warm” winter was followed by a very cold start to the spring. The hot, dry summer in turn accelerated the growing process, and ripening in some areas happened in the first ten days of September. The harvest began on the low levels from the 10th September and about one week later in the hills at 400m above sea level. High temperatures and the lack of precipitation over the summer caused a reduction in the quantity of grapes (-10%), but the quality remains excellent and the grapes themselves are healthy, small and widely spaced, ideal for appassimento with their good acidity and sugar-level readings. Outstanding vintage.
Deep ruby red, almost impenetrable. Elegant intensity of aromas: preserved fruit, dried plums and cocoa. Intense and well balanced on the palate: full bodied with silky tannins and a firm structure. Long finish of ripe cherries and sweet spices.
Ideal with red meats, roasts, and other richly-flavoured dishes. Excellent paired with strong cheeses.
GRAPES: 70% Corvina, 20% Rondinella, 10% Molinara
APPELLATION: Amarone della Valpolicella Classico DOCG
ACIDITY: 5.85 g/l
AGING: Aged 3 years in 6-20 hl Slavonian oak botti, 4 months in cherry wood casks’ minimum 5 months in bottle.
RESIDUAL SUGAR: 5.3 g/l
points of distinction
- Since 1353, the noble Serego Alighieri family, have been Valpolicella wine growers.
- The term Amarone comes from this old venerated vineyard named Vaio Armaro
- 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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