Speri - Amarone Della Valpolicella Sant Urbano 2012 Ml. 750
At least 24 months
The company's history began in the first half of the nineteenth century, with just a few hectares next to the Speris' family home.
Over the course of the years, the company has invested in new properties in the top-quality areas of Valpolicella Classica, so that it now owns 60 hectares. Times have changed and the company has grown, but it still remains in the hands of the family, which can now boast of being in its seventh generation.
All the estates owned by the company are within the Valpolicella Classica (historical zone), in the best wine country, at a height ranging from 150 to 350 metres with a considerable variety of terrain and microclimates.
In order to best represent these micro-zones, the grapes coming from our most important vineyards are made separately into wine, creating prestigious single vineyard wines which are named after their vineyard of origin.
The hillside vines are cultivated on terraces formed by dry stone walls also known in Italian as marogne. These, as well as being a valuable tool to improve hillside cultivation, have an historical value. For this reason, by conserving them, we can say we have made a small contribution to the enrichment of the land.
Speri uses only grapes from the Valpolicella zone to make its wines. In addition to the three traditional grape varieties, Corvina, Rondinella and Molinara, small quantities of other lesser known but long-standing varieties are used like Oseleta, Rossanella, Pelara, Cabrosina, etc.
The Corvina is considered the most important vine variety due to its tannin content and pigments. It imparts fruity aromas, particularly when it is cultivated on the hills.
The Rondinella is able to adapt to many types of terrain, to withstand drought and lends itself quite well to drying. It is vigorous and very prolific.
The Molinara is mainly used for the distinctive flavour and crispness it gives the wine.
Based on the conviction that a wine's quality is determined in the vineyard, Speri Viticoltori has committed itself over the years to preserving and promoting the fertility of the land while growing exclusively local grapes and preventing some historic varietals from extinction.
Also, in the hillside vineyards they have maintained the marogne, the historic stone walls, in order to preserve the balance of the land.
After many years of sustainable agriculture the 2015 vintage will obtain organic certification. The ultimate goal is getting as close as possible to a naturally balanced agricultural ecosystem by implementing practices that combine a knowledge of ecology, plant physiology, biochemistry and insect behavior. Examples are leaving permanent grass over the entire vineyard area (thus ensuring the presence of organic substances), and composting the residues from pruning and vinification, that restores part of its by-products into the environment. Another important practice is to control the main insect that does harm to the vines, the European grapevine moth, by means of the modern technique of sexual confusion.
Vigneto Monte Sant'Urbano
Undisputedly symbolic of the Speri company, the Amarone Monte 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.
After carefully selecting the best bunches from the prestigious Monte Sant'Urbano vineyard, the grapes are left to dry for a long period (3-4 months depending on the vintage year). This creates a wine with plenty of structure and softness which will certainly age well.
This is a place of exceptional beauty where the vines, olive trees and cherry trees seem to have found their natural position among the winding curves of the hills of the municipality of Fumane.
The estate covers 19 hectares and is between 280 and 350 metres above sea level. The soil is volcanic in origin and a mixture of chalk and clay.
|Ageing and Fining||4 years in medium size Slovenian oak casks and new Allier oak tonneaux (500 l.), 12 months in bottle.|
|Ageing||At least 24 months|
|Color||Strong garnet red color|
|Aroma||And the ethereal bouquet of dried fruit.|
|Aroma||Floral, Fruity, Spicy|
|Taste||Full-bodied, warm, dry, all-encompassing to the palate.|
|Serving temperature||16°-18° C.|
|Blend description||Corvina Veronese 70%, Rondinella 25%, Corvinone 5%.|
|Matching||Red meat, Roasted red meat, Grilled meat, Kill, Game, Cured cheeses|
|Ideal with||Meat Red, Cured cheeses|
|Classification||Amarone della Valpolicella DOCG|