Amarone della Valpolicella D.O.C.
“Rocca Sveva Amarone is dark and inky in color. Its palate is full of lovely ripe, juicy red fruit over a background of light balsamic… floral notes upon entry followed by a dry, very elegant progression on the palate.”
Filippo Pedron, Winemaker Rocca Sveva Estate
GRAPES: 70% Corvina, 25% Rondinella, 5% Molinara
GROWING AREA: The vineyards are located in the Valpolicella DOC zone; soil is calcareous.
HARVEST PERIOD: Hand-picked during the first 10 days of October. Only the healthiest and ripest clusters are harvested.
VINIFICATION & MATURATION: The hand-picked clusters are set to dry on “drying racks” for at least three months in special temperature- and humidity-controlled lofts, losing up to 50 to 60% of their water content by the time they undergo fermentation. The must ferments at low temperatures (50°F) for some 25-30 days. When the alcohol reaches two-thirds of its final level, the wine is put into stainless steel tanks at 68°F to finish fermentation. The wine is then matured in oak casks for a minimum of 24 months, followed by an additional twelve months in the bottle.
APPEARANCE: Rich ruby with garnet highlights
BOUQUET: Complex and multi-layered, with aromas of cherry, dried fruit and wild red berries
PALATE: Notable depth and breadth, well-structured, full tannins, and a delicious long-lingering finish
PAIRINGS: Wild game and red meats, as well as aged cheeses. Elegant when sipped by itself. Decant a few hours before serving
SERVING TEMPERATURE: Best enjoyed at 60F.