Ca' La Bionda - Amarone Classico 2017

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Ca’ La Bionda is nestled in the common of Marano di Valpolicella, in the heart of the historically classic zone of Valpolicella. The winery was founded in 1902 by Pietro Castellani, and their organically certified 29 hectares of vineyards is currently overseen by the fourth generation. This blend of 70% Corvina, 20% Corvinone, and 10% Rondinella and Molinara is planted in very rocky clay limestone at 200m. The best and loosest bunches are placed on cane drying racks for drying / raisining the grapes. This drying period lasts from vintage to the end of January or early February. During this period the grapes loose approximately 40% of their weight in water, affording the finished wine a remarkable concentration. This Amarone was fermented in stainless, prior to 36 months in 3,000L barrels. The ripeness and concentration is met with a bright freshness, countering the worn leather, raspberry, morello cherry, and dusty stones that cloak the palate. Tannins are chewy, taking this wine to a lifted, spiced finish. There is a lot of natural freshness here, making the 16% feel much lighter. Modern Amarone, and a style I hope more producers make.

“There’s a purity of fruit that you seldom find from the category embodied in the 2016 Amarone delle Valpolicella Classico, which has it in spades. Crushed cherries, strawberries, dusty dried roses, cinnamon and hints of dark chocolate can be found throughout. However, this is not a rich and hedonistic wine. Instead, it’s a lifted and vibrant, with a core of saline-minerals and savoury spices that keeps you coming back for more. While only lightly structured, the 2016 has the balance to excel through medium-term cellaring even though it’s already so easy to like today. Gorgeous. Drink 2022-2032.” - 93 points, Eric Guido, Vinous, January 2022.

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Vintage: 2016
Bottle Size: 750 mL
Bottles per Case: 6
Price per Bottle: $75
Style: Still

Region: Veneto
Appellation: DOC Amarone della Valpolicella Classico
Country: Italy

Grape: Blend
Colour: Red
Vegan: Yes
Organic: Yes
Biodynamic: No
Natural: No