Region: Veneto, NE Italy
This is Famiglia Pasqua’s Amarone par excellence: a wine of great class, appreciated by enthusiasts for its majestic style and complexity. The grapes are harvested by hand in mid-September and laid down to dry in the drying loft for about 3 months where the bunches lose about 25-30% of their weight and substances in the grapes become concentrated. After pressing in January the following year, alcoholic fermentation in steel vats begins, for around 25-30 days at a controlled temperature. Continuous punching down is carried out to encourage extraction of colour and tannin. When finished, the wine is transferred to French oak barrels where the malolactic fermentation takes place that gives softness to the wine. After about 18-20 months of aging, the wine is bottled and refined for another four months.
A deep red in colour, it has an expansive bouquet, with fresh, positive scents of fruits such as blackberries and cherries. On the palate it displays spicy tones that remind one of chocolate and freshly-roasted coffee, as well as sweetish vanilla-like notes from its long maturation in wood. It is warm and well-balanced, with gentle tannins and a long finish.
Excellent with grilled red meat, powerful game stews and aged, rich cheeses. To be served at 18° -20°C.