Amarone della Valpolicella DOC

Alpha Zeta

Pronunciation
Ahma-ROH-nay VAL-paul-ee-chello
Year
2010
Type
Red
Winery
Alpha Zeta
Region
Veneto
Oenologist
Matt Thomson

Overview

Alpha Zeta was started in 1999 working with leading New Zealand winemaker, Matt Thomson, set out to produce a range of modern, fruit driven wines from the hills outside Verona. The aim was to work with growers (rather than buy bulk wine, which is standard among most wines from Verona at this price) to obtain ripe grapes (by reducing yields and picking later) and then, using Matt's expertise, preserve these flavours in the finished wines. The result is a realisation of the potential inherent in Veronese viniculture. The hills outside Verona. We selected several vineyards in excellent sites where the growers had reduced the crop quite significantly. The soil is a mixture of clay and limestone with good drainage. The vineyards are south-facing, which makes them warmer than other parts of Valpolicella. In 2008, harvest took place in the first two weeks of October following a rainy spring requiring excellent vineyard husbandry to minimise the possibility of downy mildew. From September onwards, climatic conditions were perfect, with no rainfall, sunny days and considerable difference between day and night time temperatures

Wine Notes

Grape Variety
70% Corvina, 25% Rondinella and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon.
Vinification
Soft pressing of grapes, with 20 day fermentation on the skins at 23 degrees for 3 weeks
Aging
Conditioning in new and two year old French oak for 18 mos.
Alcohol
15%
| Appearance
Dark cherry almost black in colour
| Aroma
Rich and thick with ripe black cherry, plum w hints of fruit cake.
| Taste
On the palate it is powerful but modern, with a lovely balance of ripe tannins and spiced, concentrated savoury cherry fruit character.
| Serving Suggestions

Amarone della Valpolicella DOC

Suggested Retail:
$58.00
CSPC#:
717013
Available Sizes:
750ml
Bottles Per Case:
12

Reviews

Decanter Magazine, October 2007 issue. - Richard Beaudains, Michele Shah

Review on the 2003. Silver Medal World Wine Awards. "Rich, aromatic, and developing. Sensational wine. Elegant and well balanced."