Wine Enthusiast 94
#61 TOP 100 Cellar Selections 2019
Inviting aromas of dark-skinned berry, pipe tobacco, cassis and cedar lead the way on this smooth, full-bodied, savory red. The concentrated balanced palate doles out ripe black currant, raspberry jam, nutmeg and pepper alongside fine-grained tannins. Drink through 2029.~K.O.
Wine Advocate 92
The Monte del Fr 2013 Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Lena di Mezzo (a blend of Corvina, Corvinone and Rondinella) undergoes a long appassimento process, lasting anywhere from three to four months, depending on the conditions of the vintage. Hot vintages tend to be followed by slightly shorter dehydration times. This is a very sharp and buttoned up expression that shows a crisper and tighter personality than its peers. The grapes are fermented cold, and malolactic fermentation is in stainless steel, thus the intensity of those dried berry aromas is maintained well throughout the process. This is a full-bodied Amarone that has the inner elegance to pair with a white meat such as roasted pork with crunchy pork skins. Some 60,000 bottles were released.
Monte del Fr celebrated its 60th birthday in 2018. The estate recently acquired a new building in the village of San Pietro in Cariano for the grape appassimento process and fermentation.~M.L.
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The heart of Monte del Frà is located in the village of Custoza on the morainic hills of Lake Garda, only 15km from Verona.
Today, the winery that was founded in 1958, owns over 140 hectares of vineyards. Its history is linked to the grand crus such as Cà del Magro, il vigneto Colombara, Grottino, Staffalo, Monte Godi, Monte Fitti, Mascarpine, Bagolina, Pezzarara and Monte del Frà. For the past decade or so, the Bonomo family has also owned a beautiful winery in the Valpolicella Classica village of Fumane along the banks of the Lena stream in Lena di Mezzo.
By carefully selecting the land on which to plant vineyards and by meticulously implementing agronomic practices, Monte del Frà has become one of the most avantgarde wineries for the production of high quality grapes. The vineyards are planted in guyot in the areas of Cusotza, Bardolino and Lugana and with the classic "pergola" system in the Valpolicella Classica. These vines produce only 2-3 kg of grapes per plant and are the basis for the winery's high quality standards.
The controlled management of raw materials and the implementation of winemaking procedures using the most modern techniques to preserve the characteristics of the grapes, guarantee Monte del Frà's ability to produce prestigious wines.