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Secco-Bertani has been in continuous production for over 150 years and is rightly extolled as the “grandfather” of ripasso-technique Veronese wines. With the classic ripasso process, grape must is left to rest for a few days in spring on freshly drawn lees from Bertani’s Recioto Amarone wine. Launched in the late 1850s, Secco-Bertani was in all likelihood the first ripasso Valpolicella to earn a substantial following outside its native Italy.
Bertani is headquartered at the palatial neo-classical Villa Novare north of Verona in Italy’s Veneto region. One of northeast Italy’s most prestigious wine producers, Bertani owns all its own vineyards from which it produces an array of estate-grown wines. Founded in 1857, this family-owned estate has enjoyed a reputation for quality from the start. Bertani Amarone is justly celebrated as a standard bearer for its category.
From prime estate vineyards in the heart of Verona’s Valpolicella Valpantena wine district.
Corvina Veronese 70%; Rondinella 25%; Molinara 5%
The wine undergoes an 11-day maceration in vats at a controlled temperature and with programmed remontages. In March it is refermented over Recioto Amarone skins, following the traditional Veronese technique called “Ripasso”. 75% of the wine ages in large Slavonian oak casks, 25% in French oak barriques, for approximately 18 months; it is refined in bottle for a minimum of 90 days.
Deep garnet red.
Delicate, characteristic of mature wine, with scents of spices and nuts.
Dry, well balanced with a pleasing hint of bitterness in its lingering finish.
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