Daily Wine 7/24/17:
Villa Spinosa – Etichetta Avorio – Amarone della Valpolicella Classico – 2008
- This wine is a blend of dominantly Corvina Veronese and Corvinone from the Amarone della Valpolicella Classico DOCG of Veneto in Italy.
- Specifically, these grapes come from the Jago and Figari vineyards in Valpolicella Classico close to Colle Masua where the area is quite hilly.
- What makes this wine “Amarone” is its process during its production. After being carefully picked, the grapes are placed in small baskets for drying to evaporate out moisture and concentrate the grapes.
- After being dried, the berries are destemmed and crushed before macerating for 4-5 weeks. This concentrated the wine even more and increases its color, stability, and power. The wine finishes at 16.5% alcohol by volume.
- This Amarone is aged for one month in steel tanks, 12 months in barriques, 3-4 years in Slavonian oak casks, and 12 more months in bottle before release.
- This wine is the symbol of Villa Spinosa and is the most important wine to their family.
- Lake Garda in Veneto is nearby and helps regulate a climate suitable for grapes, olives, and cherries.
- Villa Spinosa overlooks the Valpolicella hills and was built in the 18th century. Enrico, the owner, renovated the space to create not on an efficient winery, but a space for culture, hospitality, and events.
- Pair with roasted game meats.