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Amarone della Valpolicella Classico La Rosta DOC
2013
Red Wine

Region/Appellation: Italy, Veneto, Amarone della Valpolicella Classico DOC
Grape: Corvina, Molinara, Rondinella
Style: Powerful



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Description

Vineyards and Farming Practices: The family owns six hectares of vineyards in Marano and Fumane, which are farmed according to sustainable practices, in the heart of the wine- producing area denominated as Valpolicella Classico. This is essentially a single-vineyard wine, with "La Rosta" indicating the part of the vineyard where the grapes are the ripest.

Winemaking Process: Amarone is a noble wine produced with the best bunches hand picked and then laid flat in special wooden boxes in ventilated rooms for a three-to-four month drying process. During this time the grapes lose water and increase their sugar concentration by 25-30%. In January the grapes are crushed and then the alcoholic fermentation starts. After 25-30 days the must is transferred into stainless steel tanks to begin the malolactic fermentation. Once completed, the wine matures in barriques (special barrels) for 24-36 months and then refined in bottles for some months.

"La Rosta" is made from only top-quality grapes, and is only produced only in the best vintages. A traditional blend of 50% Corvina, 40% Rondinella, and 10% Molinara grapes

Alcohol Content: 15.5%

Tasting Note

Tasting Note: Intense garnet red in colour, this wine is rich, full bodied and firm. The aromas and flavours are of rich dried fruits -- prunes, dark cherries, apricots -- with notes of almonds, vanilla spices, and dark chocolate. Classic Amarone; it is rich and velvety on the palate. Well structured and beautifully balanced with long, evolving finish.

Serving Method: Serve at temperature of 18-19°C and pour into very large glasses. Decanting is recommended, or uncork the bottle at least two hours before serving.

Ageability: If stored properly the wine ages gracefully for 15+ years.

About the Grape

Corvina: The most important grape in the traditonal Valpolicella DOC blend. It thrives in north-east Italy (Veneto), and contributes most of the fruit flavours in the wine and, when vines are properly cropped, much of the body. It is prized for making the famous Amarone delle Valoplicella DOC.

Molinara: Part of the Valpolicella DOC blend, but rapidly losing ground to the other grapes, Corrvina and Molinara. It contributes mainly the characteristic tart qualities to the blend, but little in terms of colour and body.

Rondinella: A popular grape in the Valpolicella DOC blend due to it's prolific qualities. High-yielding, but relatively bland; it doesn't contribute much to the blend other than quantity.

Degani

Located in Valgatara in the heart of the Valpolicella Classico region, brothers Aldo, Luca and Zeno Degani are a generation of growers running a small, dynamic winery in their simple cellar. All the activities at Azienda Agricola Flli Degani, from picking grapes, winemaking and bottling in the cellar, to selling the final product, are taken care of by members of the Degani family.

The family owns six hectares of vineyards in Marano and Fumane, in the heart of the wine- producing area denominated as Valpolicella Classico. The vineyards, re-planted about 25 years ago, are between 150-180 metres above sea level, with rows running north-south for maximum sun exposure. La Rosta is a special part of the vineyard holdings, which provides even riper grapes, and made in only the best vintages.

The winery produces only five wines (Valpolicella Classico, Valpolicella Ripasso Cicilio, two Amarone della Valpolicella Classico including La Rosta, and Recioto della Valpolicella Classico); approximately 40,000 bottles annually. Year over year, their adherence to the local traditions demonstrates that quality depends primarily on what nature provides. According to Gambero Rosso, one Italy’s major wine publications, “they amaze us by regularly turning out great results, vintage after vintage. Wines of high quality and lashings of personality.”

Address:
Azienda Agricola
F.lli Degani di Aldo Degani
Marano di Valpolicella - Via Tobele, 3/A
Loc. Valgatara (VR)




Phone number: +39 045 7701850

Email: info@deganivini.it

Website: http://www.deganivini.it/

Visits: By appointment only.

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