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Valpolicella Valpantena DOC

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Tasting Notes

Valpolicella is the wine that takes its name from the production area, and therefore the one that best expresses its tipicity and character. From the hills surrounding the Costa Arente estate, which are constantly ventilated by the breezes of the Lessini mountains, it expresses the elegance of wines typical from the Valpantena Valley.

Made from the same grapes used for Amarone and Ripasso (Corvina, Corvinone and Rondinella), it follows the traditional red wine vinification without any drying process or re-fermentations.  Costa Arente Valpolicella is bright ruby in color, with intense red fruit expression of raspberries, red currant and sour cherries, along with black pepper notes.  The wine shows good freshness and structure, well balanced with smooth tannins and lively acidity. Ideal with appetizers, cold cuts and main courses based on white grilled meat and fresh cheeses.

Ageing potential: 3 years

Valpolicella, the “valley of many cellars” (as its name translates to) is located north of Verona, it borders Lake Garda to the West and is protected by the Lessini Mountains to the east and to the north. A fan-shaped territory, formed by a series of valleys.  Valpolicella is both the name of the region and the wine produced within three main production areas: Valpolicella Classico, Valpolicella Valpantena and the more generic eastern Valpolicella. The smaller of the 3 areas, Valpantena wines are generally distinguished by a greater freshness and elegance, but also great longevity.

Winery

Costa Arente

Region

Veneto

Varietal

50% Corvina, 30% Corvinone, 10% Rondinella, 10% other red grapes

Location of Vineyards

Grezzana (Valpantena)

Altitude

820-1150 ft asl

Soil

Loamy, calcareous.

Type of Cultivation

Pergola and guyot. Average yield is 70hl/ha.

Vinification

The grapes are destemmed and pressed softly. Vinification in stainless steel st controlled temperature, with frequent pump-over and delestage to encourage polyphenol extraction.

Aging

3 months in large oak barrels (2nd use) until bottling.

Alcohol Content

13.5%

Oenologist

Giovanni Casati, Riccardo Cottarella (Consulting enologist)