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Monte Dall 'Ora Stropa Amarone 2010
Monte Dall 'Ora 2010 Stropa Amarone
 
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ABOUT: Residing in the Veneto in northeastern Italy, Carlo Venturini and his wife Alessandra Zantedesch have been making wine from the indigenous grapes of the region (Corvina, Corvinone, Rondinella, Molinara and Osleta) since 1995. Since that time they have rebuilt the terraces, replanted the vines, converted to organics then stepped it up to biodynamics in 2006. Pergola training and high quality are rarely concepts paired together, but it works here due to the grapes of Valpolicella being extremely vigorous and their need for more shade than other varieties. A quote found on their Louis/Dressner page says its all: "Finding the equilibrium in the vineyard brings balance in the cellar."

TASTE: Lots of time and patience go into making Amarone. Grapes from vines over 50 years old are dried out for 5 months, then after maceration go into cask for 4 years, and spend another year in the bottle before it can sit on your counter. Stropa is made from a blend of 40% Corvina, 20% Corvinone, 30% Rondinella and 10% Molinara for you wine nerds. I swear, once you’ve smelled and tasted an Amarone you will never forget it. It insists that you pay attention. Lifted and rich aromas of plums, cherries, cedar, prunes and cocoa powder. The flavor is super concentrated as you would expect, cherries, plums and prunes, with prickly, smoked cedar spice, and persistent acidity. The tannins are soft and integrate while the high level of acid provides good structure. The finish is very long. Expect this wine to develop for many years to come, becoming more and more layered.

PAIR: Aged, strong cheeses, Parmesan especially, pesto, mushroom sauces, artichokes, walnuts, and Mole Chilaquiles.