Fattori Amarone Valpolicella Col de la Bastia 2017


65% Corvina, 15% Corvinone + 10% Rondinella + 10% other varieties.

Hand picked during the last two weeks of September and lay to dry in small boxes in “fruttaio”. Meaning –  (Making wine from dried grapes is an ancient process dating back at least 3000 years. Today the grapes for modern Amarone are dried in well-ventilated drying lodges or chambers).

The grapes are allowed to dry gently in well-ventilated rooms for around 4-5 months, concentrating their flavours, sweetness and colour. In winter, the grapes are crushed, fermentation starts with natural yeast and then the must is filled into 500-100o L  oak barrels to finish fermenting. The wine matures in wood for 30-36 months before bottling.

The wine shows  an intense ruby red colour with some dark hues. The palette gives red ripe fruit and some nice viscous character, rich, refined,  and elegant.

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Antonio Fattori has brought a generations-old wine growing and making family into the modern day. In fact just over a decade ago, the Fattori speciality was to actually make some of the best known Soave’s in the world market — but mostly for other famous names! Antonio gradually put a stop to this and his aim became to make wine from their own vineyards more vibrant and aromatic, and yet retain their tradition and history. 

He has used modern methods to almost eliminate the use of all chemicals in the production of the wines and though they have retained their texture, current vintages display a freshness, purity and vitality that make them stand out. These are incredibly consistent, fresh and authentic whites from Garganega (for Soave) and a brilliant super-value Pinot Grigio.

In recent years Antonio has added some high altitude vineyards in the small zone where white (Soave) and red (Valpolicella etc) production intersect. With renovation and replanting, he has established a predominantly Corvina vineyard on deep clay over limestone which is already producing Valpolicella, Ripasso and Amarone of fantastic colour, depth and power.

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