75% Corvina, 20% Rondinella, 5% Molinara
On the nose, the typical notes of raisined fruit and cherry fl avors are dominant.
Mild hints of vanilla and spice are present as well. Elegant and warm with a
velvety mouthfeel. Incredibly long, persistent fi nish that lingers on the palate.
Amarone ages gracefully for upwards of 10 years if stored properly
Hand-harvested in late September with careful
selection taking place directly in the vineyard. The best
bunches are placed in plastic crates in a single layer
and sent to the fruttai (drying facility).
After undergoing appassimento (drying) for 3-4
months, the grapes lose about 30-40% of their
original weight. In January, the bunches are pressed
and the must undergoes a slow fermentation with the
skins, seeds, and stalks in stainless steel tanks at a
controlled temperature for 20-30 days. Yeasts are
carefully selected to resist the high alcohol content
and the cold winter temperatures. The wine is racked
off the lees before undergoing malolactic.
20% small French oak barrels & 80% large Slavonian
oak barrels for 12 months. Following blending, the
wine ages an additional 16-18 months in large
Slavonian oak barrels, then 6-8 months in bottle
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Cesari was founded in 1936 by Gerardo Cesari who set out to produce an Amarone capable of competing with the great red wines of the world. Joined by his son Franco in the early 1960s, operations were expanded in an effort to conquer the export market. As one of the first Italian wines to be exported to all five continents, the Cesari name quickly became synonymous with Amarone the world round.
The winery continues to evolve while staying true to its regional roots. Franco's children, Gerardo and Deborah, have joined their father in upholding the pillars of traditional winemaking while introducing innovative technology at their two state-of-the-art cellars.
Their estate holdings include more than 100 hectares of hillside vineyards located in premier sites in the Valpolicella appellation, including 3 single vineyards, primarily in the historic Classico area. An additional 10 hectares of 100% estate-managed vineyards under long-term lease are located throughout the Veneto region. All are primarily planted to indigenous varietals, with a small percentage of international grapes, carefully harvested by hand ensuring that only the best grapes are selected. In recent years, Cesari has adopted environmentally sustainable growing practices. Focused on quality, Cesari extensively ages their wines beyond the DOCG regulations.
The Cesari portfolio is comprised of unique, elegant, and balanced appellation wines renowned for authenticity, respected for regional character, and distinguished for superior quality.