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Corteforte Terre di San Zeno Amarone Classico Superiore, Veneto 2013

ITALY
  • $60.00
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CORVINA, RONDINELLA, MOLINARA, and BLEND
PLUSH & BOLD and MINERAL
ORGANIC FARMING

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!