Speri - Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 'Vigneto Monte Sant'Urbano' 2017
Founded in 1874, Speri is located in the heart of the Valpolicella region of Veneto. Run by the Speri family and now in its seventh generation, Alberto Speri is the winemaker. The Speri winery is heavily rooted in tradition and well respected in the region.
All Speri products are Certified Organic. Today the Speri Winery is the most important organic producer of the Valpolicella Classica area in terms of output and of hectares of vineyard.
Valpolicella Classico is a hilly nook within northern Italy’s Veneto region, covering one-fifth of the entire Valpolicella DOC and corresponding to just five municipalities. Wedged between the Adige River and the Alps mountain range, it constitutes the appellation’s historical core. Here the elevated terrain located on the Alpine foothills has a temperate climate that is unexpected given the northerly latitude.
In the Speri vineyards, the land has been divided into distinct crus comprising La Roverina, Sant’Urbano, and La Roggia. Throughout the property, the native vines of Corvina Veronese, Rondinella, Corvinone, Molinara and others are planted with a much higher density than the appellation’s average. This results in small crops with an excellent concentration that are fine-tuned in the state-of-the-art winery.
Manual selection of the finest bunches followed by drying for around 100 days, with a loss of about 40% in the weight of the grapes. These are destemmed and pressed and fermentation with maceration takes place in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks. Aged for 24 months in 500 l. French oak tonneaux and 18 months in medium-to-large Slavonian oak casks. Maturation in bottle for 12 months.
Undisputedly symbolic of the Speri company, the Amarone Sant’Urbano is a superb example of a fine, classic wine. It is an extraordinary wine with great complexity and a vigorous structure, which has always been top for its elegance and quality.
A deep garnet red in color, it has an ethereal bouquet of dried fruit. On the palate, it is full-bodied, warm, mouth-filling and dry. A substantial wine of rare elegance that lends itself well to aging
Excellent with richly flavored main courses based on red meat, such as braised meats and game, and perfect with mature cheeses. It can also be enjoyed on its own at the end of a fine dinner.
"A fresh, lightly exotic nose, offering dates, figs, fresh earth and a hint of toasted coconut. On the palate there’s a fresh, focused bead of ripe and dried fruit, riding equally intense, firm tannins. Long finish. From organically grown grapes. There’s a youthful feel to this. It’s just at the start of a long life. Give it a year or so to settle in. Best from 2023." - James Suckling
An Amarone that overdelivers, super fresh and easy to drink. A refined style with intense aromatics, super savory and with a very long finish.