2013 Massimago Amarone della Valpolicella

from Veneto, Italy

$86

Dark purple in color. This deeply aromatic wine has very intense dark berry, wooden barn  and earthy notes, mint, and oriental spices. On the palate is a touch of cherry, raisin, vanilla, and black pepper with a velvety strong tannin presence and a slightly salty finish.

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Veneto, Italy

Veneto, another region within the Northeast, is one of the largest white wine producing areas in Italy. The entire Veneto region extends from Lake Garda in the west to Venice in the east and from the foothills of the Alps in the north to the flat plains of the Po in the south. The flat plains, of general Veneto region, are usually a source inexpensive, high volume wines. These can be labelled as Veneto IGT. Veneto region encompasses towns of Verona, Soave, and Valpolicella making this area home to many popular Italian wines. 

In Soave, east of Verona, the main grape is the white variety, Garganega. These wines can either be fruitier with less acidity and made to be drunk young (typically from the flat plains) or the best examples (from the foothills) can age and develop aromas of almonds and honey. Look for wines from here to be labelled Soave DOC or Soave Classico DOC (if from the foothills). 

Valpolicella, to the northwest of Verona, also has a foothills designation versus the flatter south. The wines will be labelled as either Valpolicella DOC or Valpolicella Classico DOC (foothills). The main grape is the black variety, Corvina. Corvina has a thin skin, moderate color, high acidity, but low-medium tannins. Ever hear of Amarone della Valpolicella? This is a certain style used in winemaking within Valpolicella, made from the Corvina grape, that increases structure and flavor concentration. The Amarone style will be fuller-bodied, high alcohol, increased tannins, and strong concentration of berry and spice flavors. 

Located in the Val di Mezzane valley, over a hill surrounded by woods, this gorgeous estate is managed with creativity and strong determination by Camilla Rossi Chauvenet. It has belonged to the Cracco family (Camilla’s mother family) since 1883 as a country house. In 2004 Camilla produced her first 1000 bottles. Massimago is a young wine company run by young people – the average age is less than 35 – but Camilla is the true heart and the brain of the winery.

A blend of the grapes: Corvina, Rondinella and Corvinone. The vines grow at an altitude of 100-350 m above sea level. Limestone, marl and clay are the predominant types of soil. This wine was aged for 30 months in large barrels and French oak barrels, then aged in bottle for another 12 months before going on sale.

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