Classico Superiore “I Cantoni”
CERTIFICATION: Denominazione di Origine Controllata V.Q.P.R.D. (quality wine).
VINEYARD SURFACE and SLOPE: 1.5 ha, 10%.
GRAPE VARIETIES: Corvina, Corvinone and Rondinella.
ORIGIN: From our vineyard “I Cantoni” located in Novaia in Marano di Valpolicella (in the province of Verona). A hilly vineyard (400 m a.s.l.) in Valpolicella Classica, mainly exposed to south/south-east, with a volcanic soil interspersed with layers of limestone.
AVERAGE AGE OF VINEYARDS IN PRODUCTION: 20 years.
VINE TRAINING SYSTEM AND PLANTATION DENSITY: Guyot with a planting density of 5000 vines/ha.
YIELDS: 9000 Kg/ha.
GRAPE HARVEST SEASON AND PICKING METHOD: Last week of September, manual picking of grapes. Light and natural drying process of grapes in a traditional hilly fruttaio (drying room at 400 m a.s.l.) for about 30 days.
VINIFICATION: Destemming and soft crushing of grapes. Fermentation with indigenous yeasts at controlled temperature in oak runcated-cone vats for 7/8 days. Pre-fermentative maceration at controlled temperature. Daily pumpings and delestage. Malolactic fermentation in wood until completion. Batonage on own yeasts in oak barrels.
AGEING: 18 months in barrel; 4 months in bottle.
AGEING AND CONSERVATION CAPACITY: If stored properly, it can age well up to 10 years after the vintage. It is recommended to store bottles horizontally in a cool and dark place with constant humidity and temperature.
SENSORY PROFILE: A deep ruby red colour. A clear and intense aroma with fuity hues of red fruits, together with notes of spices. On the palate a good alcoholic content, a medium-low acidity, medium tannic features and good roundness. A full-bodied, structured, sapid, persistent, well-balanced wine.
PAIRING SUGGESTIONS: Tasty first dishes, truffles, grilled, roasted, braised red meats, game, aged cheeses.
SERVING TEMPERATURE: 18°C. Decant the wine before serving.
BOTTLE SIZE: 750 ml.
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