80% Corvina veronese, Corvinone, 20% Rondinella.
Location and characteristics of the vineyard
Lena di Mezzo is an entirely terraced estate of 18 hectares that lies in the heart of Fumane, a splendid hilly zone with tufaceous, clay and limestone soils, in which we work to stand out full the interdependence between the terroir and the indigenous grape varieties that are the unique heritage of the area around Verona.
350/400 metres above sea level.
Training system and plant density
Only the Pergola training system is used. The yield is 2 kg per vine
The grapes are picked around mid-October, after they have just started to dry on the vine. This drying process then continues in crates in a special drying area, under controlled conditions of humidity and at natural winter temperatures for 130-140 days, in order to concentrate to the full the aromas and polyphenols in the grapes, till the sugars reach the minimum concentration of 28%-30%.
Gentle crushing and destemming of the grapes takes place, depending on the vintage, between the end of January and the beginning of March, and fermentation in small, temperature-controlled truncated coneshaped stainless steel vats is started off by indigenous yeasts in order to really highlight the specific organoleptic qualities of the grapes from the Scarnocchio cru. The fermentation is a slow one, with long maceration on the skins in order to allow for maximum extraction of the typical complex aromatic and polyphenolic components. Following the alcoholic fermentation, the wine goes directly into oak casks and barriques where it completes its malolactic fermentation. After the summer pouring 90% of Amarone Scarnocchio perfects almost 24 months into 30 hl oak casks and the rest 10% into oak Barrique. After bottling comes the sharpening for at least 14 months.
A dry red wine.
ruby red with garnet highlights.
Floral and ripe fruit notes, such as cherries (both fresh and under spirits), plums, liquorice and leather; spices, such as pepper and cinnamon; hints of undergrowth.
Extremely complex, but at the same time well-balanced, velvety and robust, dry, full-bodied, generous and austere.
Originally intended as a wine to sip after dinner, but it also goes well with rich, full-flavoured dishes such as game and aged and very piquant cheeses.