Amarone Riserva Le Balze Novaia 2013

This is the top wine of Novaia estate and comes from a vineyard called Le Balze, it ages for 32 months in barrique, it is characterized by a deep garnet red, generous and intense body, with evident hints of almond, cherry jam, spices and tobacco
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TypeRed Wines
Wine zoneValpolicella
Appellation or VineAmarone della Valpolicella Classico D.O.C.G.
CompositionCorvina (50%), Rondinella (25%), Corvinone (20%), Oseleta (5%)
Alcoholic Content16
Bottle typeBorgognona
Content (cl)75
Glass typeBordeaux Grand Cru
This Amarone is made with corvina, corvinone, rondinella and oseleta grapes picked during the last ten days of September from the "Le Balze" vineyard, a hilly vineyard (280-300 metres above sea level) located in Novaia, Marano di Valpolicella (Verona). Grapes undergo a natural over-ripening in a traditional hilly cellar (400 meters above sea level) for about 4 months. This wine ages for 32 months in barrique and 12 months in bottle. Color is deep garnet red. It shows an intense perfume with typical hints of ripe red fruit and jam, together with the typical notes given by wilting, evident hints of spices, coffee, bitter chocolate, tobacco and notes of goudron with ageing. It has a good alcoholic taste with high extract, a generous, velvety, flavoursome and persistent body with hints of almond, cherry jam, spices and tobacco.

The producer

Novaia is located in one of the most suggestive and luxurious areas of Alta Valpolicella, on the top of a gentle and sunny hill and on the left of the Marano Valley. At Novaia they adopt century-old traditions passed down over the years: already in 1908 the Modern Industrial Fair of the city of Verona awarded Paolo Vaona the Grand Prix and Gold Medal Diploma for the wines he produced. Today Cesare and Gianpaolo Vaona, with their sons, perpetuate his ancient tradition. The winery is run according to modern and yet ancient and traditional winemaking techniques, vineyards have been replanted to valoryze the tipical varieties and and many studies concerning drying grapes have been made.

Best with

Tradition suggests great dishes based on game, grilled, roasted or braised meat, roast lamb or goat, slightly fat, tasty and mature cheese. Excellent at the end of a meal. It is perfect to be enjoyed alone in front of a fireplace as a "meditation wine", with a good book or in pleasant company. The unusual combination with sweet-and-sour flavours, the traditional dishes of Middle-East, Asian and Latin-American cuisine, is never disappointing.

How to serve it

It is recommended to open the bottle at least an hour before serving and decant the wine into a large carafe so that it has a chance to air and its rotundity can be appreciated in full. The wine should be served at 18-20°C. The best glasses to use are clear, transparent crystal goblets.

How to keep

When well preserved it can enhance all its features till twenty years following vintage. It is advisable to store bottles horizontally in a cool and dark place with constant humidity and temperature.


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