Ca' del Monte Amarone, 2009

Ca' del Monte Amarone, 2009

51.00

Ca' del Monte is based in the village of Negrar in the Veneto region of northern Italy. The estate is approximately 50 acres, and its 15-65 year old vines lie on gentle slopes at 800-900 meters. They grow on four soils including clay, limestone, red volcanic soil with red stones, and “Toar,” a green volcanic soil. All of the farming is done traditionally and non-certified organic. Typical grapes for the region are Corvina, Rondinella and Molinara, along with a few other red & white varietals. There’s nothing fancy about this place. The house and winery are modest - and are attached to a 17th century monastery. The estate, which has been in the Zanconte family for generations, is managed by brothers Umberto and Giuseppe Zanconte. The brothers are responsible for all aspects of their winery: from farming, to production and sales. This Amarone made up of 45% Corvina, 35% Rondinella, 10% Molinara, 10% indigenous varietals. The grapes are harvested in early October and left to dry until February, when the vinification process starts. The wine is aged in large French & Slavonian oak barrels for a minimum of 18-20 months. Intense with distinct aromas of dark and wild cherries jam followed by hints of dried roses, hot spices and bitter chocolate. The palate explodes with flavors of baked fruits, tobacco and spices. Bold and elegant with great character. Pair with braised beef, stewed venison, aged cheeses. It also works as a great after dinner companion.

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