The grapes were left to dry in crates for four months before maceration in steel tanks with prolonged contact with the skins. Following maturation in barriques for 24 months, followed by 12 months in steel vats and a further 24 months in the bottle the wine was finally released. This wine is a deep ruby red colour with black cherries, chocolate and sweet spices on the nose. As the wine breathes, balsamic notes emerge to reveal aniseed and wild mint aromas. This wine has great body and acidity, remarkable mineral elegance and prominent yet supple tannins. The finish is long and rounded with delicate hints of coffee and sweet tobacco. Best paired with rustic meat dishes and strong cheeses.£12.33 per 100.00ml
Lugana based winery Cà dei Frati are deservedly regarded as one of Italy’s greatest wine producers. The secret to their success lies with outstanding vineyards and high quality grapes, not to mention highly skilled wine making. The family have recently retraced their roots back to the eastern province of Verona to the Lessinia hills to create their interpretation of Amarone. The 2008 is the first vintage of this wine and represents a super debut release.