2016 Speri ‘Monte Sant’Urbano’ Amarone della Valpolicella Classico DOCG


Region: Valpolicella, Veneto, Italy

Viticulture: Organic

Winemaker: Alberto Speri

Established Date: 1874

Amarone is the king of Veronese wines, combining power and softness that evolves with grandeur and depth from years in the cellar. Released only in the best vintages, Monte Sant’Urbano is a single vineyard blend of 70% Corvina, 25% Rondinella and 5% Corvinone. Select bunches are hand picked in the last two weeks of September and dried for 110-120 days, losing over 40% of their initial weight. In January, the grapes are de-stemmed and soft-pressed and fermentation is carried out in large oak. The wine is aged for 3 years in a combination of tonneaux and Slavonian oak barrels, followed by 1 year in the bottle. Although Amarone is a powerful and concentrated wine, the Speri style is more medium bodied, highlighting elegance and finesse. The bouquet is intense with cherries, spice, minerals and jammy notes, the palate rich, concentrated and structured with flavours that linger on and on.

Sommelier’s Recommendation 

There are a lot of Amarone out there that are not very good because they rush the drying process and don’t use the best of the best grapes for the drying process. Speri’s Amarone is fantastic because they adhere to the traditional drying process in well ventilated rooms over 90 days. This gives a velvety, subtle texture to the wine that has a stunning array of aromas and flavours from fresh red fruits, spices, cedar and dried fruits that give a subtle and finessed style of Amarone. You can cellar this wine for 20 years but after a good decant this wine can be enjoyed thanks to the extended aging in the Speri Cellar before release.

The Speri’s presence in this winemaking heartland goes back to 1874, though the original homestead and cellars are even older – 1580. From generation to generation for well over a century, the Speri family have handed down a heritage of pride in their land and passion for its fruits. The family now have 60 hectares of vines in the finest Classico districts, divided into three distinct crus; La Roverina, Sant’Urbano and La Roggia.

In 2015, after practicing years of sustainable farming, the Winery achieved organic certification for all of the production. The Speri family, respecting its territorial heritage, has always cultivated exclusively the native grape varieties of the Valpolicella zone (Corvina, Corvinone, Rondinella, Molinara and other indigenous varieties), making wine only from grapes coming from its own vineyards.

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