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2016 Amarone Classico della Valpolicella D.O.C.G

$85.00

‘I Castei’

Quality wines have been produced from the Valpolicella region of North Italy since ancient times, but Amarone Classico della Valpolicella D.O.C.G is one of the most renowned of the last century due to it’s typical powerful punch of flavours and full body.

‘I Castei’ from Michele Castellani embodies everything wine drinkers love about an Amarone della Valpolicella; this intense garnet red wine holds thick aromas of dark fruits and jam with spicy undertones of oaky tobacco, herby pepper and even chocolate on the nose.

To drink this wine is to enjoy a full bodied, balanced red that’s rich in the mouth, with fine tannins and damn pleasurable flavour.

Red wine lovers rejoice! We’ve found your next favourite drop!

Profile

  • Aroma of black cherry, plum jam
  • Spicy notes of pepper and tobacco on the nose
  • Rich
  • Smooth
  • Full bodied

Awards

  • 2019 Wine Spectator (91 points)
  • 2018 Wine Spectator (90 points)
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Description

The Finer Details

What does our Somm say?

A powerfully rich wine such as this needs an equally deserving meal with strong flavours to really compliment this Amarone della Valpolicella.

 

Traditionally enjoyed in the fresher months due to its full body and jam packed flavour, the Michele Castellani Amarone della Valpolicella is ideal with roasted red meats, game and barbequed meats.

 

In particular, roast duck with a reduced sauce of Amarone wine, on a bed of vegetables cooked in duck fat would be superb. Alternatively, some spicy Chicken Teriyaki or even Chicken liver pâté  spread on some crunchy quality bread will make this wine all the more enjoyable.

 

Outside of a meal setting, we love to savour the taste of this wine with a board of seasoned cheeses; think Monte Veronese ‘Ubriaco’, Parmigiano Reggiano, Aged Gouda, Gorgonzola, Stilton, Roquefort or Danish Blue.

 

However, you choose to enjoy this fantastic wine from Michele Castellani, make sure you use a decanter and let the wine breathe for a few hours prior to serving. This will open up the aromas and flavours even more, and the punchy, complex notes will be more pleasurable to the drinker.

 

Optimal Serving Temp: 18 Degrees Celsius

 

The Winery

Michele Castellani is a third generation family wine producer of some of the highest quality wines in the famous Valpolicella wine region of Veneto, North Italy. Set up in 1945 by its founder Michele, the Michele Castellani winery has indeed transformed itself, thanks to the substantial investments in the vineyards and in equipment made by his far-sighted successors, into a state-of-the-art winery that makes the most of the excellent raw material provided by the about 40 hectares of directly owned or grown vineyards.

 

Sergio Castellani, with his wife Maria, continues today the wine business and manages the family-run company through all the winemaking stages. Together with his children Michele, (in the winery), Martina (administrative department) and Mara (International Sales Manager), the success in Italy and abroad confirms the validity of the project.

 

The Michele Castellani Estate consists of about 40 hectares of directly owned or grown vineyards situated in the hillside area of the Valpolicella Classico. The planting system is pergola except for few vineyards that are cultivated with the ‘Guyot’ system. The main varieties cultivated by the company are: Corvina, Corvinone, Rondinella and Molinara.

 

Both the new vineyard and the well renowned ones at Cà del Pipa and Castei, in the heart of Valpolicella Classico, present high quality geo-morphological and viticultural features. There include; ideal exposure, constant ventilation, soils with a well-balanced composition both in terms of nutrients and draining capacity, and 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.

 

They combine these characteristics with selective winter pruning and summer thinning operations aimed at controlling the natural growth. The winery practices the selection of the best harvesting times, depending on the grapes phenolic and aromatic maturity, enabling the company to harvest grapes at the peak of their organoleptic potential.

 

For more, follow @castellanimichelevini

 

Grapes

  • Corvina Veronese & Corvinone 70%
  • Rondinella 25%
  • Molinara 5%

 

Alcohol Content: 16%
Bottle Size: 750ml

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