Amarone della Valpolicella Classico “Sant’Urbano” DOCG
Amarone is the king of Veronese wines, not to mention Italian wines. It combines power and softness, evolving to Port-like lusciousness over three decades or more, showing grandeur and depth. It starts off like Valpolicella, but select bunches of the perfect grapes are lengthily dried on traditional arele racks in special fruit drying lofts after harvest, to achieve greater concentration.
Speri Amarone is made from Corvina, Rondinella, and Corvinone, grown in the estate’s most prestigious cru, a single hillside vineyard called Sant’Urbano. This vineyard features calcareous-cretaceous soil of volcanic origin that retains humidity, protecting it from drought. The whole vineyard extends 19 hectares.
The grapes are hand-picked and then re-sorted to find only the best bunches in late September. They then dry for about 100-120 days under ideal conditions in terms of temperature, humidity and ventilation. They lose about 41% of their initial weight, enhancing concentration and sugar levels. In mid-January, the grapes are soft-pressed and de-stemmed. This is followed by about thirty-six days of maceration on the skins with periodic pumping over and délestage. The wine completes fermentation in large oak barrels and then ages twenty-four months in oak, eighteen months in Slavonian oak barrels and twelve months in bottle.
Very deep and intense bouquet with spicy, aromatic and jammy notes combining power and finesse; a prelude to a palate that is rich, sensuous, highly structured and complex, lingering on and on. Especially cellar-worthy.
Wine exported to
Bermuda, USA, Japan, Puerto Rico, Australia
Most recent awards
- 2017 | James Suckling93
- 2016 | Wine Spectator92
- 2016 | Vinous95
- 2016 | Wine Enthusiast94
- 2016 | Gambero RossoTre bicchieri
- 2010 | Wine Advocate93
- 2009 | Decanter96
70% Corvina veronese and Corvinone, 25% Rondinella, 5% Molinara
Length of alcoholic fermentation:
Type of yeast:
Selected Organic Certified
16-18 °C (60.8-64.4 °F)
Periodic pumpovers and délestage
Length of maceration:
500L and 20-25-40-50hL
tonneaux are new or maximum 5 years old. Big barrels are 10 years old
Type of oak:
Allier for tonneaux, Slavonian for big barrels
Aging before bottling:
Aging in bottle:
Vigneto Monte Sant'Urbano
Fumane, Valpolicella Classica, Veneto
20 hectares (49 acres)
Calcareous, clay and sand with volcanic origins
inclined open pergoletta
280-350 meters (918-1,148 feet) above sea level
98 hl per ha
Age of vines:
Time of harvest:
September 19 to October 4
First vintage of this wine:
Total yearly production (in bottles):
A deep color and a very intense bouquet with spicy, aromatic and jammy notes combining power and finesse; a prelude to a palate that is rich, sensuous, highly structured, complex and persistent. Especially cellar-worthy.
Best served at 16-18 °C (60.8-64.4 °F).
Red meat, game, and aged cheeses. An excellent meditation wine
more than 20 years
Alc. cont.: 15% by vol.