Amarone della Valpolicella Classico DOCG – 2011
- Vine Age: 10 years
- Soil: Dark, gravelly, high clay content, fertile, deep and drought-resistant
- Density: 5,000 vines/hectare (2,023 vines/acre)
- Training: Guyot, 8 buds per vine, green cover crop between rows
The year began with a long drought and hot weather in April, leading to early budbreak. The following months were rainy and temperatures remained below average until July. In August, it warmed up and the soil dried out quickly. The grapes ripened early and in smaller quantities than usual.
- Harvest Date(s): Mid-September
- Yields: 25 hl/Ha (1.85 tons/acre)
Dry, destemmed grapes were crushed and pressed in January. Fermentation was at a controlled temperature of 24 C (75 F). Extended maceration was for 25 days with daily pumpovers. Malolactic fermentation took place. The wine was aged 30 months in French oak barriques (20% new, 80% used) and 20-22 months in bottle before being released.
- Varietal Composition: 60% Corvina, 20% Corvinone, 10% Rondinella, 5% Croatina, 5% Oseleta
- Alcohol: 16.8%
- TA: 5.6 g/L
- p H: 3.5
- RS: 4 g/L
Amarone della Valpolicella Classico DOC – 2011 – 91 points – Wine Spectator
“Medium- to full-bodied and balanced, leading with more traditional notes of grilled herb and forest floor, then opening on the palate with flavors of sun-dried cherry, black olive and star anise. Lightly juicy, with sculpted tannins firming the finish. Drink now through 2025.”