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Masi Amarone Della Valpolicella Classico Serego Alighieri Vaio Armaron 1999

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Grape varieties 65% Corvina, 20% Rondinella, 15% Molinara Serego Alighieri. Wine making Amarone is the product of the ancient wine making method called "appassimento" (drying of the grapes). At the end of September or beginning of October the best bunches are laid on bamboo racks in the old lofts of estate buildings where large windows allow for natural ventilation. By the middle of February the grapes weigh 35-40% less. Only the Corvina grape is affected by botrytis ("noble rot"). After a delicate pressing, the dried grapes, which are partially destalked, ferment for 48 days in large Slavonian oak barrels, at low, natural temperatures (the season is very cold); then the wine continues to ferment until the sugar has been totally transformed into alcohol and the malolactic takes place. Ageing 3 years in Slavonian oak barrels of 6-20 hl, 4 months in cherry wood casks, then a minimum of 5 months in the bottle. Ageing potential 25-30 years. Tasting notes Deep garnet red colour. Big aromas on the nose, concentrated and very elegant at the same time. Attractive hints of spices and sumptuously ripe fruit are quickly evident on the palate. Grapes picked from hillside sites provide wild flower and herb aromas and touches of spicyness. Dry on the finish with excellent length and velvety tannins that soften the alcoholic strength. Analysis Alcohol 15.35% by vol., sugars 7.5 g/l, dry extract 34.3 g/l, total acidity 5.80 g/l, pH 3.63.

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Serego Alighieri:
Serego Alighieri is a wine produced by descendants of celebrated Medieval Italian poet Dante Alighieri in the Valpolicella region of Italy. The Alighieri family settled in Valpolicella after Dante was exiled from Florence for his political beliefs. The Seregos and Alighieris have been bound by marriage since the 1500s. In 1973, Count Pieralvise Serego and neighbor Sandro Boscaini went into pa... Read more
Serego Alighieri is a wine produced by descendants of celebrated Medieval Italian poet Dante Alighieri in the Valpolicella region of Italy. The Alighieri family settled in Valpolicella after Dante was exiled from Florence for his political beliefs. The Seregos and Alighieris have been bound by marriage since the 1500s. In 1973, Count Pieralvise Serego and neighbor Sandro Boscaini went into partnership to produce wines from their vineyards, and producer Masi Agricola handled the bottling, marketing and technical aspects. In the 1970s, Valpolicella had been suffering from a reputation for cheap “plonk”, and the idea was to create something of far better quality than these mass-produced wines to once again elevate the perception of the region. The wines have since attracted many fans and continue to be produced adhering to strict quality standards. It is from their example that regional producers have an international market for their value-driven products.  Read less

Member Reviews for Masi Amarone Della Valpolicella Classico Serego Alighieri Vaio Armaron

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Snooth User: joshzr
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5.00 5
10/29/2007

Delicious!


Snooth User: mr nebbiolo
3923437
4.50 5
12/19/2007

Four and a half glasses



Grape varieties 65% Corvina, 20% Rondinella, 15% Molinara Serego Alighieri. Wine making Amarone is the product of the ancient wine making method called "appassimento" (drying of the grapes). At the end of September or beginning of October the best bunches are laid on bamboo racks in the old lofts of estate buildings where large windows allow for natural ventilation. By the middle of February the grapes weigh 35-40% less. Only the Corvina grape is affected by botrytis ("noble rot"). After a delicate pressing, the dried grapes, which are partially destalked, ferment for 48 days in large Slavonian oak barrels, at low, natural temperatures (the season is very cold); then the wine continues to ferment until the sugar has been totally transformed into alcohol and the malolactic takes place. Ageing 3 years in Slavonian oak barrels of 6-20 hl, 4 months in cherry wood casks, then a minimum of 5 months in the bottle. Ageing potential 25-30 years. Tasting notes Deep garnet red colour. Big aromas on the nose, concentrated and very elegant at the same time. Attractive hints of spices and sumptuously ripe fruit are quickly evident on the palate. Grapes picked from hillside sites provide wild flower and herb aromas and touches of spicyness. Dry on the finish with excellent length and velvety tannins that soften the alcoholic strength. Analysis Alcohol 15.35% by vol., sugars 7.5 g/l, dry extract 34.3 g/l, total acidity 5.80 g/l, pH 3.63.

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