Cantina Valpantena 'Torre del Falasco' Corvina 2020


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Valpantena is northeast of Verona and was known to the ancient Greeks as the ’Valley of God’. The area's red wines are long renowned, due partly to the soils but also because of the cool breeze that blows down the valley from the foothills of the Dolomites. Run by Luca Degani since 1995, the Cantina di Valpantena is now one of Italy’s best co-operatives.

It is this part of northern Italy where the great Amarone della Valpolicella wines are made, those blockbuster, rich, intensely flavoured reds with high alcohol (usually 16-17% ABV) made from semi-dried grapes. A number of local grape varieties are used to make Amarone but the most important is Corvina, which is what this Torre del Falasco is made from too. It follows a similar drying process but lacks the oak ageing of actual Amarone wines.

The grapes are grown on steeply terraced hillside vineyards situated 100-300 metres above sea level on chalky soils.

After that brief drying period, the Corvina grapes were de-stemmed and crushed before gentle maceration and slow fermentation in stainless steel tanks. It saw no oak to emphasise its fresh, youthful characteristics.