The Torre del Falasco wines are the standard bearers of this cooperative, situated in the Valpantena, northeast of Verona. Known as the ’valley of god’ to the ancient Greeks, this area is well-known for its high quality red wines, 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, with 700 hectares of vineyard producing excellent quality fruit. Matt Thomson makes some of the Alpha Zeta wines here and has worked closely with them since 1999.
The grapes for the Valpolicella are grown on the steeply terraced hillside vineyards belonging to the co-op, where soils are chalky and poor. The vineyards are located 100 - 300 metres above sea level and the vines are Guyot trained.
This year the harvest was long, with slow ripening, and abundant, high-quality grapes. Spring was particularly wet, and in early July, due to the considerable number of bunches, they carried out some thinning to restore the equilibrium of the vineyard. A dry period started in July, interspersed with some timely showers. In September, temperatures rose again, reaching highs of up to 33° C, but equally high fluctuations (even differences of 15°C between day and night), enabled the grapes to attain ideal ripeness. Phenolic maturity was achieved in the last third of September. The grapes were in healthy condition, with high quantities and quality.
The grapes were destemmed and crushed on arrival at the winery. Fermentation took place in temperature-controlled, stainless-steel tanks between 22-26°C followed by maceration for eight days. The wine remained in tank until bottling to retain its natural freshness.
Youthful, ruby-cherry in appearance, this wine has bright, clean aromas of classic cherry and almond blossom. It is best served lightly chilled to enjoy the vibrant black cherry character, which is supported by supple, approachable tannins and a flavoursome finish.
|Bottle Sizes||18.75cl, 37.5cl, 75cl|
|Notes||Sustainable, Vegan, Vegetarian