Monte Del Fra Amarone Della Valpolicella DOCG 2016

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A layered and rich red with plenty of dried orange peel and plum character. So tight and focused. Full body, ultra-fine tannins and a beautiful finish. Drink now or hold.
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Appellation Valpolicella DOC
Varietal(s) 80% Corvina veronese e Corvinone, 20% Rondinella.
Vineyard(s) Lena di Mezzo in Fumane
Fermentation Fermentation in small, temperature-controlled truncated cone-shaped stainless steel vats with indigenous yeasts
Aging 24 months in large oak barrels, 8 months in bottle
Training System Pergola
Soil Tufaceous, clay, and limestone
Importer Notes

Monte del Fra is positioned in the heart of the village of Custoza in Italy's Northeast region, the Veneto. The current winery was founded in 1958. The land that it sits on was auctioned off by a decree from Napoleon Bonaparte in the early 19th Century out of the hands of the monks who it was previously owned by. The winery is now in the hands of the Bonomo family who own 140 hectares of land and rent others. 

In Custoza, the soil is comprised of deposits of rock and mineral once eroded and consolidated by large glaciers. These glaciers, over time, have left the soil rich with tufaceous, clay, and limestone which allow vines and their fruit to give complexity and unique minerality to the wines. Monte del Fra goes further in expressing its unmistakable qualities by using the pergola system of vine training. These vines trained by this system only produce 2-3 kg of grapes per plant which leads to more nutrients going to each cluster and higher quality for each wine. 

Monte del Fra's commitment to expression and quality control keep its wines fresh and interesting from bottle to bottle. Monte del Fra lives comfortably in its traditions but is always utilizing modern techniques to keep their vines growing and their products with high standards. 

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