Castellani 2013 Colle Cristi Amarone Della Valpolicella Classico
"A fresh and balanced red, with a well-spiced range of wild cherry and berry fruit and licorice and dried herb notes. A tang of minerality lingers on the chewy finish. Drink now through 2025. 1,600 cases made." Wine Spectator 91 Points
"Deep ruby-red. Peppery, tarry dark plum and spicy soy sauce aromas and flavors. Rich but fresh, with noteworthy tannic bite and a strong, repeating licorice finale. Needs time to round off. A blend of 70% Corvina, 25% Rondinella and 5% Molinara, the grapes are air-dried for four months and aged for three years in used large oak barrels and barriques. (15.5% alcohol)" Ian D'Agata 91 Points
Sergio and Maria Castellani farm 40 hectares in the Classico zone that are almost all planted to the traditional Pergola training system. The overhead trellis is making a comeback in these beautiful hills after many years of experimentation with cordons, cane-pruned vines and other international systems. The family sources fruit from two important single vineyards, Ca del Pipa and dei Castei, and each represents its own line of wines under the Castellani Michele & Figli brand.