Monte dall’Ora, Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Stropa

Monte Dall'Ora

2011

Fantastic ruby red colour with garnet highlights. On the nose, it displays red fruit notes like cherry, as well as hints of wild berries, plums, musk and spices, enveloped in a faint suggestion of sweetness. On the palate, it is richly structured, with excellent balance and length, and echoes the sensations offered on the nose.

"Deep mineral and rich fruit flavours across the palate into a tumultuous crescendo that lingered long after the wine had been swallowed. It wasn’t so immediately but was still unmistakably Amarone, it retained an enjoyable freshness and elegance.“ Antonio Galloni

Variety
Corvina, Rondinella, Molinara, Oseleta
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Amarone della Valpolicella

Amarone della Valpolicella

Amarone della Valpolicella is an intensely flavored dry red wine made from dried (passito) grapes. It is made in the Veneto region of northeastern Italy, and is one of the region's most prestigious red wines. Though Amarone wines from the Classico zone in particular are often described as the pinnacle, there are many top producers operating outside the Classico zone, with Romano dal Forno probably the best known.
The amarone style developed as Veneto's winemakers searched for a way to increase the body, complexity and alcohol content of their wines. As demonstrated by modern-day reds Valpolicella and Garda, wines made from locally grown Corvina, Corvinone, Rondinella, the reviving Oseleta and the increasingly phased-out Molinara can sometimes be too light to give satisfaction. These three mainstays of the Valpolicella vineyard are not renowned for their inherent depth (only Corvina is able to produce wines with much body), a deficiency compounded by the cool growing conditions of western Veneto. In order to concentrate the natural sugars and aromatics in Valpolicella wines, local producers began drying their grapes after harvest, to remove water from the berries while retaining sweetness and flavor.

Veneto

Veneto

Veneto is a substantial and increasingly important wine region in the north-eastern corner of Italy.

Just east of the lake and north of Verona is Valpolicella wine appellation: the fabled ‘Valley of Many Cellars&rsquo. Immediately east of Valpolicella is Soave, home to the eponymous dry white wine which now ranks among Italy’s most famous products. In the north-eastern corner of the region, on either side of the Piave river sparkling wine Prosecco reigns supreme.

DOCG and DOC

Veneto produces four DOCGs wines – Amazon della Valpolicella, Prosecco di Valdobbiadene,Recioto di Soave,Bardolino – of the several DOCs we find Soave, Valpolicella,Bianco di Custoza and Treviso among others.

Grape Varieties

Garganega, Trebbiano and Glera are the key white-wine grape varieties here, while Corvina, Molinara and Rondinella are behind the vast majority of reds. International varieties such as Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc,and even Carmenere have proved successful here, as has northern Italy’s flagship white Pinot Grigio.