This month's selection moves towards a softer, but complicated premier wine, that of Serego Alighieri,from Verona, Italy. But this wine is much more intriguiing in that is a 2001 and rated #92 by the Wine Spectator.
What is an Amarone ? Here is a brief explanation, so open the wine, pour a glass, and continue to read.
Thanks to a collaboration with Masi both in the production and distribution, Serego Alighieri has become one of the most famous, and good, Amarone: Vaio Amaron. It is produced in vineyard located in Gargagnago commune of Sant’Ambrogio di Valpolicella, at a altitude of 230-265 metres a.s.l. The exposure is south-west.
Vaio Armaron is produced in traditional way: Corvina (65%), Rondinella (20%), Molinara (15%). At the beginning of September of beginning of October, grapes has been selected and the best bunches are laid on bamboo racks in the old lofts of estate buildings where large windows allow for natural ventilation. Thanks to the “Appassimento” (drying of grapes), grapes lost 35-40% of weight until next February. In this way, we have a concentration of sugar and noble parts of grapes.
In February, after a delicate pressing, the dried grapes ferment for 48 days in large Slavonian oak barrels. The wine ages for 3 years in Slavonian oak barrels of 6-20 hl. Then 4 months in cherry casks and a minimum of 5 months in bottle.
The wine expresses a nuanced bouquet of dried dark cherries...not sweet but certainly not not with an abundance of tannin. It is this fruit, and residual sugar, that permits great amarones to age for 40-50 years or longer.
Unfortunatley I bought all that was available, 8 cases in total. This is the end of the lot, although current Serego Alleghieri amarone's will be available this winter.
Either you read very slowly...or have you drunk half of that bottle already ?