The “I Classici” Line - Valpolicella
Recioto della Valpolicella DOCG Classico
The wine of friendship and hospitality
Together with Valpolicella, Recioto is the most significant wine of this zone. It is a sweet red wine, made from a blend of local grapes that have been left to dry on large racks of wood and canes in a well-ventilated environment for several months. Fermentation takes place in the depths of winter, at the coldest time of the year, and is very long and slow, but it is interrupted when the right harmony between alcohol, acidity and sugars has been achieved: a balance that only a profound knowledge of the grapes and wine, as well as years of experience, can ensure. The result of all this care and attention is, therefore, a wine with an aroma of cherries and nuances of balmy herbs, sweet spices and chocolate. On the palate it is silky and long. In Valpolicella it is traditionally considered to be the wine of friendship, to be offered cool to any guest who comes to call.
Production zone: Marano di Valpolicella
Grapes: 75% Corvina and Corvinone, 20% Rondinella, 5% Molinara.
Production: the grapes are harvested and selected in September/October, then placed in small wooden crates to dry in well-ventilated rooms until February. Pressing, destemming and fermentation with maceration at 20°C and daily automatic punching down of the cap. The wine is then drawn off, still with high residual sugar, and the fermentation is arrested with a series of rackings.
Maturation: 24 months in stainless steel tanks and 6 months in bottle.
Alcohol: 14% vol.
Serving temperature: 14°- 16°C
Food pairings: desserts with chocolate, cherries or berry fruits; shortbread pastries.
Bottle size: 0.50 l.