FROM THE HOME TASTING TABLE: SEREGO ALIGHERI ANNIVERSARIO
In September 2011, I had the great pleasure to visit a few wineries in Veneto during a press trip organized by Federdoc. One of the most impressive visits was at SEREGO ALIGHIERI, the historic domain of the descendants of the world famous Italian poet, writer, moral and political philosopher DANTE ALIGHIERI. The Villa Serego Alighieri in Gargagnago is a fantastic, bucolic place with more than 6 centuries of rich history since it was bought by Dante Alighieri’s son in 1353. The Estate produces different food specialties (honey, jam, vialone nano rice, extra virgin olive oil, aceto balsamico di Modena…), wine and grappa (both with Masi as technical partner). We didn’t have the time to visit the fully restored ‘forastera’ (countryside manor-house) nor the wine cellars, but the ‘appassimento’ lofts, the fantastic gardens and the wine shop gave us a wonderful impression of the whole complex. It was for a while like a piece of paradise on earth…
Among the wines we tasted at the MASI winery was also a wine of Serego Alighieri:
SEREGO ALIGHIERI VAIO ARMARON AMARONE DELLA VALPOLICELLA CLASSICO DOC 2005
Probably the ‘archetype’ of the Amarone wines, traditionally made from old Veronese grapes harvested in the historic cradle of Vaio Armaron. Curiosity: the ageing of this wine takes partly place in cherry oak! Fresh and rich bouquet, ripe red cherries, spicy oak, balsamic tones. Very fresh on the palate, great balance despite the high alcohol percentage (15.5% alc. by vol.), lots of ripe fruit and juice, powerful but still elegant. Extraordinary length. Fantastic wine! ****
(See the rest of the tasting notes HERE)
The visit finished at the enoteca where we got a nice present, a bottle of Valpolicella Classico special edition for the 650th anniversary of this domain. I tasted it a home some weeks ago.
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SEREGO ALIGHIERI VALPOLICELLA CLASSICO SUPERIORE DOC 2008 – 650th ANNIVERSARIO
Beautiful, deep and intense ruby red appearance; very expressive and quite complex nose with some personal associations like cherry wood, amarena cherries, wild berries, spices (cloves), menthol and baby leaf. On the palate, the wine was fresh, juicy, full-bodied, elegant, ripe and harmonic, with smooth tannins. Just beautiful and lovely tasty, a real Italian wine without any fuss but with a nice ‘partly apaxximento*’ character. Good wine with character and complexity ***(*)
Appaxximento (appassimento)*: quite old technique already used by the Romans and probably by the Etruscans, a semi-drying of grapes, giving 2 types of wine, a dry one called amarone and a sweet one called reciotto.
Wine matching: quite experimental but very good match with a turkey leg stuffed with fresh rosemary, thyme and mashed garlic, first browned in duck fat and then slowly roasted in the oven moistened with 1/3 fino and 2/3 amontillado Jerez wine and served with a mix of wild forest mushrooms with a big dash of amontillado Jerez wine. Taste is personal … but WE definitely enjoyed it!
(No*: wimpy wine, * nice wine, recommended, ** good wine with character, *** good wine with character and complexity, **** very good wine, ***** outstanding wine)