Cesari Amarone - $68.00
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The bouquet of Cesari flagship wine is marked by cherry and prune aromas and jammy notes. Toasted nuances and hints of vanilla follow in this full, warm, harmonious red. A long and persistent finish is defined by bold tannins that elegantly coat the palate as well as notes of tobacco and raisins due to being cultivated in the historic Classico area of the appellation.
Hand-harvested in late September with careful selection taking place directly in the vineyard. The best bunches are placed in plastic crates in a single layer and sent to the fruttai (drying facility). After undergoing appassimento (drying) for 3-4 months, the grapes lose about 30-40% of their original weight. In January, the bunches are pressed and the must undergoes a slow fermentation with the skins, seeds, and stalks in stainless steel tanks at a controlled temperature for 20-30 days. Yeasts are carefully selected to resist the high alcohol content and the cold winter temperatures. The wine is racked off the lees before undergoing malolactic. 20% small French oak barrels & 80% large Slavonian oak barrels for 12 months. Following blending, the wine ages an additional 16-18 months in large Slavonian oak barrels, then 6-8 months in bottle