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L'Arco Amarone Classico della Valpolicella 2017

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The Wine

60% Corvina and Corvinone, 30% Rondinella,
10% Molinara

Luca is a master craftsman. At every stage; farming, harvesting, drying, and aging, Luca's attention to detail stands out. This wine is a testament to perfection because it is only bottled in special years. Everything has to align perfectly over 4 years of maturation for a wine to be bottled as L'Arco Amarone. Flavors are classic with dried fruits, plum, wild currant, smoked herbs, and spices. What stands out is the texture and evolution on your palate, as it expands and lingers for a complex finish.

Amarone wines have become the flagship of the region and are some of the most sought-out wines in the world today. This wine will easily age 20 years. The grapes are dried 90-120 days, and the concentrated juice represents countless hours of labor and care. After this laborious process the wine is matured in large botti for over 3 years with a total of 4 years aging before release. After the third year, Luca decides if it will be bottled as Amarone.

A totally beguiling wine, this is very traditional in style. The grapes are laid out to dry and raisinate for 100 days prior to pressing. Fermentation occurs in stainless steel tanks, and the wine is aged for three to four years in Slovenian oak barrels. Dark plums, cherries, incense, chocolate, tobacco, leather and spice are some of the many nuances that emerge from the glass. The tannins are very refined, and the finish is elegant and long.

96 Points, Vinous "A burst of exotic spice, dusty dried flowers, plums and cherry sauce introduces the 2017 Amarone della Valpolicella. This grows in volume and depth with swirling, taking on savory notes of seared meats and cocoa. This is deep and velvety on the palate, yet there's a core of sour wild berries, zesty citrus and tantalizing acidity that adds both energy and depth. The 2017 finishes spicy and vibrant, yet incredibly long, with liquid rose tones, licorice and dark chocolate that linger on and on. What a beauty".

The Details

Variety - Corvina, Corvinone, Rondinella, Molinara
Country - Italy
Region - Veneto
Extra - Cork
Year - 2017
Volume - 750ml

About the Wine Maker

Owner, Luca Fedrigo approaches winemaking and farming with a natural, minimalist approach. His philosophy evolved in his teens working alongside the famous Valpolicella guru, Giuseppe Quintarelli. The artistry of Quintarelli in the winery has blossomed in the L'Arco cuvées through a traditional style, long aging, and masterful blending.

The Estate takes its name from a stone arch, called “Arco di Giove”, located on the road to Negrar (one of the seven historic Valpolicella communes) and near the farmhouse where the owners, the Fedrigo family are located. The arch, dating from 1500/1600, was one of a series of seven arches along the hillside path near S. Vito di Negrar.