DOC CLASSICO SUPERIORE
A careful balance of the “ripasso” technique using Amarone pomace and ageing in
cherry-wood barrels gives this mainly Corvina blend Valpolicella’s softest fruity notes.
Solane: an expression of Valpolicella culture.
Several selected plots on the hills of the Valpolicella Classico subzone, particularly the
ALTITUDE AND ASPECT
The vineyards are situated between 150 and 300 metres above sea level. Most face
south-west, with a few facing south-east.
TYPE OF SOIL
Clayey limestone, with gravel.
Mainly Guyot-trained plus a few pergola-trained. Yields per hectare are strictly limited.
Commencing in late September, the bunches are handpicked and placed in crates for
immediate dispatch to the cellar.
The grapes from the different plots are fermented separately on the skins, with a
maceration period of 15 days and pumping over at carefully controlled temperatures in
the attempt to achieve distinctive wines, enhancing the unique characteristics of the
fruit and its terroir. Valpolicella waits until January for the production of Santi’s
Amarones in order to undergo the “ripasso” process with the pomace, which gives
them power and personality.
After blending, the various structural and aromatic components of the wine are
harmonized by ageing in barriques and in large barrels for a total of 18 months. The
wine is then aged for a further period in bottle before release onto the market.
Valpolicella Classico Superiore Ripasso Solane is a very terroir-true, forthright wine
with great character. It has an attractive deep, bright ruby hue and a clean, complex,
typical nose with concentrated notes of fresh berry fruit and morello cherry jam,
swathed in vanilla. On the palate it is warm, direct, and balanced, with an elegant
spicy finish offering notes of toast. It has a strong personality, thanks to its
exceptionally elegant, sophisticated nose and its long, lingering, full-flavoured palate.
An excellent early drinker, it only improves with time.
7 years in bottle, laid down in a cool, dark place.
Traditional Veneto dishes: truffle risotto, pork fillet
with green peppercorns.
In general: red meats, bollito misto, cheeses.
ALLERGENS: Contains sulphites.