Country: Italy Region: Veneto Vintage: 2019
Producer: Torre Del Falasco
The 2019 vintage saw a warmer winter with lower rainfall than
usual. However, in April and May, rain caused drastic changes in
temperature and slowed the growing cycle. The hot and dry
weather throughout June and July brought good average sugar
levels and balanced acidity.
The Torre del Falasco wines are the standard bearers of this cooperative, situated in the Valpantena, northeast of Verona.
Known as the ’valley of god’ to the ancient Greeks, this area is
well-known for its high quality red wines, due partly to the soils but
also because of the cool breeze that blows down the valley from
the foothills of the Dolomites. Run by Luca Degani since 1995, the
Cantina di Valpantena is now one of Italy’s best co-operatives,
with 700 hectares of vineyard producing excellent quality fruit.
Matt Thomson makes some of the Alpha Zeta wines here and has
worked closely with them since 1999.
The grapes for the Corvina Veronese are grown on the steeply
terraced, hillside vineyards belonging to the co-operative, which
are situated 100 - 300 metres above sea level. The vines are Guyot
trained on poor chalky soils.
After a brief drying period, the Corvina grapes were destemmed
and crushed before undergoing a gentle maceration and slow
fermentation in stainless-steel tanks at temperatures between 22-
28°C. This wine saw no oak to emphasise its fresh, youthful
Bright and fresh on the nose, this wine opens with perfumes of juicy
red cherries. Youthful with a soft, approachable structure that is
given depth by the partial drying process, this is a well-balanced
wine with lovely bitter cherry notes on the finish.