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Spada: Amarone and Valpolicella
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Spada: Valpolicella, Amarone and the great wines of Verona
Perugia, Italy
Friday, January 24th, 2020
A journey passing for all the four denominations of Valpolicella and had as protagonists the typical varieties of this territory: Corvina, Corvinone, Rondinella and Molinara. The event dedicated to the wines of Spada winery - historical winery in San Pietro in Cariano, in province of Verona - had in fact allowed the appreciation of the wines of Valpolicella, Valpolicella Ripasso, Amarone della Valpolicella and Recioto della Valpolicella, all belonging to the classic area. To the event took part Andrea Toffanin - foreign market manager - who illustrated the characteristics of the territory of Valpolicella Classica as well as the wine making peculiarities of the five wines tasted in the course of this event. It has also been an interesting occasion to understand the productive process of Amarone and Recioto as participants had the chance to personally see how the dried grapes look like before crushing. Five wines, all reds, of which four belonging to Valpolicella denominations and one Indicazione Geografica Tipica. The first wine to be poured in the glasses has been Valpolicella Classico 2018 - produced with the traditional composition of Corvina, Corvinone, Rondinella and Molinara grapes - characterized by the pleasing crispness given by the latter grape and properly contributing to balance, while making the wine more "vivid and vibrant". The event continues with Valpolicella Ripasso Classico Superiore 2017, aged in cask, with a more robust and round character, a wine of impeccable elegance capable of expressing the typical and modern personality of Valpolicella. The third wine of the evening has been the only one not belonging to a Valpolicella denomination, however among the most significant ones of Spada: El Cencio 2016. Produced with partially dried Corvinone grapes blended to Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, therefore aged in barrique, is a wine conjugating power to roundness, in a sequence of aromas recalling blackberry, black cherry, black currant and plum. Is is then the turn of Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Firmus 2015, a full bodied and astringent wine, characterized by a very good balance between roundness and tannins, however expressing class and elegance. The event ended with Recioto della Valpolicella Classico Dulcis 2016, having a pleasing sweetness and roundness, expresses the classic interpretation of the renowned sweet wine of Valpolicella aged in cask. The sensorial tasting of the wines has been conducted, as usual, by Antonello Biancalana - DiWineTaste chief editor - who has also created the dishes paired to the wines of Spada winery.


The five wines of Spada tasted in the event

The five wines of Spada tasted in the event


Andrea Toffanin in one of his speeches

Andrea Toffanin in one of his speeches


Dried corvinone bunches read to be crushed and to become Amarone della Valpolicella

Dried corvinone bunches read to be crushed and to become Amarone della Valpolicella



Antonello Biancalana interviewing Andrea Toffanin (in Italian)
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