Tommasi Amarone Della Valpolicella Classico DOC 2013 75cl

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Country Italy
Region Valpolicella
Brand Tommasi
Grape Variety Molinara / Corvina / Corvinone / Rondinella
Size 75cl
ABV 15.0%
Closure Type Cork
Vintage 2013
Maturity Fantastic ageing potential
Food Match Braised red meats, game and mature cheese
Style Full Bodied and Dry

Amarone, one of the great wines of Valpolicella.

The 2013 vintage was characterized by a long, mild winter and rainy spring, with temperatures below the seasonal average. However, a warm summer and autumn led to the harvest of healthy grapes with an intense aromatic profile. The temperate autumn climate, with low humidity, allowed a slow and optimal Appassimento (drying process). The climatic conditions of the vintage have provided high quality wines, characterised by a good balance between fruity, polyphenolic and acidic components. The combination of ripe tannins and fresh acidity suggest long ageing potential and interesting aromatic progression throughout the ageing process.

Deep ruby in colour with a garnet rim. The wine has complex aromas of dark fruit, spice, black pepper, licorice and cocoa. The palate is concentrated with excellent structure and flavours of ripe and dried fruits, spice and dark chocolate. A long, dry, velvety finish.

Country Of Origin: Italy

Amarone wines are made with partially dried grapes in a process known as appassimento and then aged in large wooden casks for at least 2 years prior to release. The use of partially dried grapes and the longer ageing process results in wines that are more alcoholic, full bodied and flavourful. The rich aroma and flavour notes of Amarones are often compared to those of Port wines. Like Port, they are also long-lived wines and can take many years to reach optimal maturity.

Tommasi was founded in 1902 and has grown to be the largest family-owned vineyard estate in Valpolicella Classico. Tommasi is located in Pedemonte in the heart of the historic “Classico” region, from which the best quality wines are produced. From grandfather Giacomo’s small vineyard holding, the Tommasi estate has grown over the years and today comprises 195 hectares of vineyard including 105 hectares in the Valpolicella Classica and 15 hectares in the Lugana DOC.

The family own vineyards in some of the prime hillside sites in the region where the grapes for the Amarone Classico, Ripasso, and Valpolicella Classico Superiore are cultivated. The most prestigious wine of the Valpolicella is the opulent Amarone, one of Italy’s top wines.

Produced from the four Valpolicella grape varieties; Corvina Veronese, Corvinone, Rondinella, Oseleta, and cultivated on hillside terraces, only the best and most mature bunches are hand selected for the two Tommasi Amarone wines. The grapes are dried by the cool autumn breezes after harvest and are crushed and fermented the following February.

The estate is owned and managed by the fourth generation of the Tommasi family, with six family members working together in harmony. Leaders in their field, Tommasi are also one of the founding members of the “Amarone Families”, a collective of family-owned and run, vineyard owners, established in 2009 to provide a focus for quality Amarone production and distribution worldwide.

Country Of Origin: Italy

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