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Monte del Frá Lena di Mezzo Scarnocchio Amarone del Valpolicella Classico
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Monte del Frá Lena di Mezzo Scarnocchio Amarone del Valpolicella Classico 2015

Verona, Veneto, ItalyElegance is not a word you often use when tasting Amarone, but at Monte del Frà, it is part of the ethos. This introductory Amarone is an 80/20 blend of mostly corvina Veronese with corvinone and rondinella, and the first thing you notice is that it doesn’t overwhelm with power and alcohol. Post-harvest, the grapes rest for 120 days, drying out, concentrating their grape sugars by 28-30 percent depending on the year. Post ferment, the wine spends two years in 20 and 30 hl French barrels, followed by a minimum of six months before bottling and release. Expect a round, spicy nose of dried berry bruit flecked with leather and tobacco. On the palate, earthy, mushroom, black fruit leads, with rich but softish tannins suggesting you can start to enjoy this wine now, but that it will hold through 2034. Think rich flavourful dishes like lamb, venison, mature cheese, and many Asian dishes too.Tasted: 11 December 2020Tasted by: Anthony GismondiPrices: BC 57.99 BCLS Producer: Monte del FráDistributors: Patagonia Imports Ltd.
Blend: Corvina - Corvinone - RondinellaCSPC: 216085UPC: 838547000111