Strong garnet red color, sometimes with orange nuances due to maturation. Very clean bouquet, of
undergrowth, sour black cherry and plum preserved in alcohol, spicy, cinnamon and slight pepper,
licorice and old leather. Robust and complex body, it reminds you of all its scents, very well-balanced,
Wine Spectator 96 Points: Dense, with concentrated, balanced aromas of prune, date and polished oak. Full and compact, delivering layers of ripe fruit and fine, soft tannins that give a light pull on the long, long finish. A super Amarone, with elegance and length. Like cashmere. Drink now through 2012. 1,200 cases made. -JC
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Respecting the dream of those who, over sixty years ago, with hard work and enthusiasm laid the foundation of what is now the excellent Michel Castellani winery means for Sergio and his sons renewing this dream every day with passion for their work and ongoing product and process innovation.
"With our work in the vineyards and our love for the grapes, we as a family are carrying on a wine tradition of ancient rural origin with great respect, passion and experience."
Wine maker notes
Amarone is obtained from carefully selected grapes, dried for a
period of 3 - 4 months in well-aired rooms.
This brings an extraordinary concentration of sugars, tannins,
extracts and glycerin. After that, grapes undergoes a soft
pressing process and a low fermentation for over 40 days at controlled
temperature with skins. Very long maceration and maturation in
barrels (60% Slavonian oak barrels of 5000 liters and 40% French
barriques) for about 3 years. Bottle fining for over 12 months.
Valpolicella Classica, hilly district, tuff, clay and limestone soil with
south-west facing slopes at about 200 m of altitude.
It’s perfect with roasts, game, grilled meat and seasoned cheeses. Enjoy this fantastic wine with friends after dinner.
The CASTELLANI MICHELE estate consists of about 40 hectars of directly owned or grown vineyards situated in the hillside area of the Valpolicella Classica. The planting system is pergola except for few vineyards that are cultiveted with the guyot system. The main varieties cultivated by the company are: Corvina, Corvinone, Rondinella and Molinara.
An enlightening metaphor of the respect for tradition and the vision for the future is represented by the new vineyard at Maso, in the area of Negrar, a real natural amphitheatre which, with its sunny south/south-west exposure and its view over the hills from Verona to Lake Garda, seems to be the ideal stage where to present the best of the local wine production to the world.
Both the new vineyard and the well renowned ones at Ca del Pipa and Castei, in the heart of Valpolicella Classica, present high quality geo-morphological and viticultural features, like an ideal exposure, constant ventilation, soils with a well-balanced composition both in terms of nutrients and draining capacity, carefully-chosen training systems depending on the vine variety (“pergoletta” for Corvina, Corvinone and Rondinella, guyot for grapes like Oseleta or Croatina) with very excellent planting densities.
These characteristics, combined with selective winter pruning and summer thinning operations aimed at controlling the natural growth, as well as the selection of the best harvesting time depending on the grapes phenolic and aromatic maturity, enable the company to harvest grapes at the peak of their organoleptic potential.
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