Amarone della Valpolicella Marne 180 Tedeschi DOCG 2018

MXN $1950

Grape: 35% Corvina, 35% Corvinone, 20% Rondinella, 10% Rossignola, Oseleta, Negrara, Dindarella.

Appellation: Amarone della Valpolicella DOCG

Region: Veneto, Italy

You’ll taste/smell: Amarone is made using an ancient method of air-drying grapes. The wine is intense, rich and Port-like, but dry. This has floral lift, with vanilla and fig, chocolate, licorice and honey; a velvety texture, raisiny character combined with the structure and typical stylish bitterness to give it good balance. Classic wine not for the faint of heart, it doesn’t hurt it gets 93+ points with most wine critics.

Good to have it with: decant the wine 2-3 hours. Amarone pairs best with duck, lamb, venison, beef short ribs, liver and onions, braised beef, hearty stews and rich pasta like beef stroganoff.

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Wine details:

About the name “Marne 180”: marne means marl, the variety of soil on which we’ve planted our vineyards; 180 are the degrees of exposure of our vineyards, from south-west to south-east. This wine is made from grapes harvested in various vineyards located on hills in the Valpolicella area. Different sources and different grape varieties are important to obtain a well-balanced wine with the fine structure that only a few single areas in the Valpolicella zone can provide.

Alcohol Grade: 16.5%
Aging/ Vinification:
the grapes are left drying in fruit storage structure: controlled humidity 4 months then a soft pressing. Undergo alcoholic fermentation and maceration for 40 to 60 days at controlled temperature 15° C. Aging: in Slavonian oak barrel for about 30 months. Blending and bottling aging for another 6 months.
Best to have it: 14-18ºC. Drink now or cellar 15+ years.

Rating: 93 WS, 93 JS, 93, Vinous 93, Gambero Rosso 93

Winery details: Tedeschi

The Tedeschi family have been in the wine business in Valpolicella for centuries. In 1630 they first purchased vines and in 1824 Nicolò Tedeschi founded the company which bears the family name today. They are, therefore, steeped in tradition. They are not, however, inhibited by it. Indeed, it was in the early 1960s that Lorenzo Tedeschi harvested grapes from the Monte Olmi vineyard and vinified them separately from his other grapes and in so doing made the first single-vineyard wine in Valpolicella, a wine which remains the flagship of the estate.

Based in the village of Pedemonte di Valpolicella, in the hills north-west of Verona, the family operate from recently renovated cellar to which a state-of-the-art drying loft has not long been added, for grapes that will make Amarone.

The cellars are surrounded by vines, with the closest plot being the Lucchine vineyard from which a fine, fresh and fruity Valpolicella Classico is made at yields well below the levels permitted in the local DOC regulations. Today the family manages about 74 hectares of vineyard, 29 of them Tedeschi owned.

The company is now in the hands of the fifth generation since Nicolò began it all, in the form of Antonietta, Sabrina and Riccardo Tedeschi, with Riccardo acting as oenologist/winemaker.

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