Ca Rugate 'Punta Tolotti' Amarone Black Label
Ca Rugate Punta Tolotti Amarone Black Label from Italy
The Ca Rugate Black Label Amarone is one fo the finest examples of Amarone that money can buy. This vegan red wine is serious stuff and shouldn't be thought of as a general drinking wine. This is a big, bold Amarone which is high in alcohol and filled to the brim with flavours. It's flavour characteristics are of bold cherries, blackberris and subtle oak and it's finish will go on for about a week!
The family business has been handed down through the generations of the Tessari family since the early 1900s. The Estate was renamed Ca'Rugate in 1986, taking its name from the volcanic hills where the vineyards are located. Now run by the fourth generation, Michele has brought with him a lively, passionate and entrepreneurial spirit. Considerable expansion has taken place in recent years with investment in a new technologically advanced cellar and expansion into the Valpolicella area with the purchase of vineyards in the hilly zone of Montecchia di Crosara. Ca'Rugate has been awarded the prestigious 'Tre Bicchieri' award rating from Gambero Rosso multiple times, making it one of the most awarded producers in the competition and has been hailed by the New York Times as one of the "Top Five producers of high end Soave".
Grapes are hand picked during the last two weeks of September and laid flat in small wooden boxes containing an average of just six kilograms. This allows good air flow during the crucial drying process
The grapes are allowed to dry gently in well-ventilated rooms for around 4-5 months, concentrating their flavours, sweetness and colour. In winter, the grapes are crushed, fermentation starts with natural yeast and then the must is filled into 500l oak casks to finish fermenting. The wine matures in wood for 25-30 months before bottling.
Intense garnet red in colour. Concentrated aromas of ripe blueberries, blackberries and cherries are enhanced with a hint of spicy oak. The palate is rich, full bodied and complex, beautifully balanced and lingering
Traditionally served to accompany heavy vegan dishes or mature vegan cheese. This is a great wine for special occasions and sharing with friends at the end of a meal
Corvina 40%, Corvinone 30%, Rondinella 30%
Italy. Region: Veneto
Body Value: D (A is light, E is full bodied)
Residual Sugar: 3.2
Contains Sulphites: Yes