GRAPE VARIETIES: 70% Corvina Veronese, 15% Corvinone and 10% Rondinella.
VINEYARDS: The grapes come from the five hectare ‘Ca Florian’ vineyard in the Comune San Pietro in Cariano in the Valpolicella Classico area. The vineyard is situated at 250m with south-west exposure. The soils are mainly chalk and limestone. The vines are have an average age of 30 years and are trained using the traditional Pergola system at a density of 3,500 vines per hectare. Only 7,000 bottles are produced.
WINEMAKING: The very best grape bunches are carefully selected and hand-picked. They are then laid out in boxes of 5-6 kg and naturally dried in the fruttaio (a large room with natural air circulation) for four months. After the ‘appasimento’ or drying process, the grapes are gently pressed the following January. A skin maceration and alcoholic fermentation in wooden vats follows lasting 40 days at 26-28°C and using only natural yeasts. The wine is matured for four years, firstly spending a year in 500 litre tonneaux and then a further three years in large Slavonian oak casks. The wine is then refined in the bottle for a further year before release.
TASTING NOTE: A structured red wine with a remarkable personality. Complex and elegant on the nose, with a rich bouquet of black fruits; plums, cherries and blackberries. Red fruit perfumes, balsamic and spicy nuances with a hint of dark chocolate. The alcohol is perfectly integrated with the silky tannins, a wine of great elegance with a long finish.
FOOD PAIRING: Braised red meats, game and mature cheese.