Corteforte 2013 'Terre di San Zeno' Amarone Classico Superiore, Veneto, Italy - DECANTsf

Corteforte 2013 'Terre di San Zeno' Amarone Classico Superiore, Veneto, Italy

Corteforte

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Corteforte 2013 'Terre di San Zeno' Amarone Classico Superiore, Veneto, Italy

Since 1990, Carlo Maria Cerutti has tended the three hectares of hillside vineyards surrounding his 17th-century  farmhouse, once the medieval fortress Corteforte, in the town of Osan, in the Veneto. From his tiny production of indigenous grapes — Corvina, Corvinone,  Rondinella, and Molinara — he creates Valpolicella and Amarone of particular intensity and elegance. Bold and full of fruit and earth as tradition demands, yet focused and food-friendly, these are wines built to savor with your richest fare.

  • Farming: Organic
  • Winemaker: Carlo Maria Cerutti
  • Varieties: 65% Corvina + Corvinone,  20% Rondinella, and 10% Molinara, 5% other native grapes
  • Terroir: The San Zeno vineyard has Southwestern exposure at an altitude of 150 to 300 meters, soil calcareous on basalt subsoil.
  • Vinification: The ripest grape clusters from the San Zeno vineyard are selected to undergo the appassimento process, where they are air-dried for up to four months before a long fermentation (25-30 days). 
  • Aging: Stainless steel 24-36 months, then 25HL french oak barrels for 12 months, followed by 12 months in smal French oak barrels, and then 12 months in bottle. 
  • Notes: Deep, intense notes of burnt orange, brandied cherries, wild fennel and warm spices, this wine is rich and concentrated, while still providing taut acidity to bring balance and food-friendliness. Ripe cheeses, braised and gamey meats, or anything grilled will hold up well to pair alongside!

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