Villabella Amarone delle Valpolicella Riserva DOCG Fracastoro 2011

Producer: Delibori
Vintage: 2011
Production Area: The vineyards are situated in the communes of Fumane, Negrar and Marano, three of the five historic communes of the Valpolicella Classico area, the heart of the production zone for Amarone
Type: Red Table Wine
Alcohol: 15%
Sugar: 9.4g/l
Grape Varieties: Corvina-70, Rondinella-20, Corvinone-10
Color: Deep, brilliant garnet red
Aroma: Intensely fruity notes of cherries and cherries preserved in alcohol, plum preserve and distinct spicy hints of cinnamon, cloves, pipe tobacco and cacao
Taste: Flavour: dry, rounded, warming and velvety, it is very well-structured and mouth-filling. It offers elegant fruity and spicy notes as well as great persistence on the palate
Cellaring Potential: 6-10 yrs
Food Matching: Ideal with red meats, game and hard, mature cheeses. In its area of origin it is matched with the typical Veronese assortment of boiled and roast meats. Alternatively, it is splendid drunk just on its own, as a wine for accompanying conversation with friends. After a few years’ ageing, it can even be served to accompany top-quality chocolate! Note: a majestic wine that has great structure and is extremely longlived: it is only produced in the very best vintages. It is dedicated to Girolamo Fracastoro (1478-1553), medic, philosopher, poet and the author of literary works on wine, who lived at Incaffi, in the hinterland of Lake Garda
Vinification: The grapes are pressed, with very low yields in terms of wine, after 120 days of traditional drying in special rooms (fruttai), causing the sugars in the grapes to become more concentrated. The must ferments slowly for 18-20 days in contact with the skins at controlled temperatures of 22°-24°C.
Aging: Maturation: a proportion in traditional Slavonian oak casks and the rest in small Allier oak barrels.
Accolades: 2005 Robert Parker-93 points, Gambero Rosso, Italian Wine Guide 2012, James Suckling (93 pts), James Suckling (93 pts)