Giacomo Montresor - Amarone Della Valpolicella "Satinato" 2017 - Verona, Italy
Silver Sommelier Wine Awards 2018 (2014 Vintage)
The Winemaker - ‘Hints of coffee and chocolate on the nose with ripe crushed berry, bitter cherry and sweet plummy fruit on the palate - backed by notes of bitter chocolate. Rich and warming yet fresh and well-balanced, with supple tannins and a rich texture’
The Winemaker - "Made from a blend of Corvina, Rondinella and Molinara grapes cultivated in Montresor's vineyards in the Valpolicella Classico zone (north-west of Verona). The grapes are hand harvested at the end of October. The late harvested grapes are dried out for four months (until February of the following year) and then crushed. The must is fermented in stainless steel for four months. The wine is aged in Slavonian oak casks and small French barrique for two years."
The Montresor family has its roots in France. The count Claude de Montresor had a prominent and important, historical position during Cardinal Richelieu days and he took part in the political events as prime counsellor of Duke d’Orleans, the cousin of the king. He supported a moderate and less conservative monarchy. The Montresor family is also mentioned in a famous tale of Edgar A. Poe, “The Amontillado Cask”, where a member of the Montresor family is described as premium wine connoisseur with an excellent palate.
In the 16th century a branch of the family moved from Chateau Montresor, in the Loire valley to Italy and more precisely in Verona where they acquired lands, estates and started the culture of the vines. When Giacomo Montresor, in the second half of the 19th century, started to sell the wines he produced under his family name, he could not imagine that one century later his wines would have reached the four cardinal points of the world.
Just outside of the historic city center, heading north and west towards Lake Garda, you’ll encounter the rolling hills of the Valpolicella region – the name is thought to come from the Greek meaning ‘valley of many cellars’. It is the second largest producer of quality (DOC) wines. The Valpolicella area encompasses several neighboring valleys that include 7 different villages.
When it comes to red wine, Valpolicella is dedicated to the production of four grape varieties: Corvina, Corvinone, Rondinella, and Molinara.