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Torre del Falasco Amarone 2005

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Torre del Falasco wines are the standard bearers of Cantina Valpantena, one of Italy’s best co-operatives, situated northeast of Verona and run by Luca Degani since 1995. Its 700 hectares of vineyard produce first class fruit, while the winery, transformed with the arrival of Lorenzo Caramazza in 2001, ensures that the quality of grapes is captured in the finished wines. Matt Thomson has worked closely with Luca and Lorenzo since 1999. The grapes for the Amarone are grown on the steeply terraced hillside vineyards belonging to the co-op, where soils are chalky and poor. Once picked, the grapes dried for at least four months in the Valpantena drying centre where temperature and humidity are controlled to ensure slow, even drying. Once fermentation was complete, the wine matured in oak barriques for 18 months before bottling. The resulting wine shows deep ruby in colour with a dark core, the 2007 Torre del Falasco has the characteristic perfumes of good Amarone with aromas of plum pudding and spice, dried fruit compote and cinnamon, which give way to a solid tannin structure that supports and accentuates the concentrated, dried-cherry fruit character. Long and spicy to the finish, with a bitter cherry-chocolate twist.

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Color: Red
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Torre del Falasco wines are the standard bearers of Cantina Valpantena, one of Italy’s best co-operatives, situated northeast of Verona and run by Luca Degani since 1995. Its 700 hectares of vineyard produce first class fruit, while the winery, transformed with the arrival of Lorenzo Caramazza in 2001, ensures that the quality of grapes is captured in the finished wines. Matt Thomson has worked closely with Luca and Lorenzo since 1999. The grapes for the Amarone are grown on the steeply terraced hillside vineyards belonging to the co-op, where soils are chalky and poor. Once picked, the grapes dried for at least four months in the Valpantena drying centre where temperature and humidity are controlled to ensure slow, even drying. Once fermentation was complete, the wine matured in oak barriques for 18 months before bottling. The resulting wine shows deep ruby in colour with a dark core, the 2007 Torre del Falasco has the characteristic perfumes of good Amarone with aromas of plum pudding and spice, dried fruit compote and cinnamon, which give way to a solid tannin structure that supports and accentuates the concentrated, dried-cherry fruit character. Long and spicy to the finish, with a bitter cherry-chocolate twist.

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