AMARONE DELLA VALPOLICELLA CLASSICO DOC 2000 “SELEZIONE SPECIALE”
From the grapes of the vineyards chosen with particular care on the hills of ValpolicellaClassica, comes this Amarone, that, thanks to its character and elegance, expressed after along ageing in particular woods, we raised to “special selection”. Refined and special is even the “dress” selected for the 2500 bottles produced, as if they came from a tailor’s shop.
The year 2000 presented a regular weather pattern, but an abnormal hailstorm, with small hailstones and wind in early June, gave us a natural and definitely positive selection for the quality.
In September, the production was low (30 hectoliters per hectare) but of excellent quality. During the long drying process, physical, chemical, biological changes occurred inside the grapes, such as to make them reach their uniqueness in time for the pressing at the beginning of the new year. This was followed by a slow fermentation for at least 40 days with alternating pumping and delestages, in order to allow the marc to “wash” in a soft way, to transfer extracts, flavors and colors to improve the quality of the final wine.
The patience of being able to wait for the ageing of the wine in 2,000 liter barrels and 500 liter casks for at least four years, with only the necessary control and some racking, has paid off for all the efforts.
After bottling, this nectar must rest at least two years in the bottle to give its best. The deep ruby red color with light orange rim, narrow and persistent tears, prepare for special feelings.
The nose is filled with aromas. From the aroma of pipe tobacco to fruit (sour cherries, plums and raspberries) in alcohol, from spices (cinnamon, white pepper) to dry leather,it’s a mix of intriguing sensations.
The impact in the mouth, at the first sip, shows its softness, fullness and harmony. Giving it time, this Amarone 2000 transforms all its aromas, making them wider and offers intense emotions, both matched with a gastronomical meal or just sipped in good company.