Hints of shaved cedar and fresh mint lift a mix of plum and cherry sauces as the 2018 Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Tenuta Lena di Mezzo opens in the glass. This envelopes the palate with silky textures energized by vibrant acidity as sweet herbs and spice tones swirl throughout. It finishes balsamic and structured with notes of dark chocolate and a bitter twang of sour citrus that punctuates the wine nicely.
Drink 2024 - 2031
Eric Guido, Vinous.com (December 2022)
Aromas of baked strawberry and cinnamon with hints of bruised plum and orange follow through to a supple, medium-to-full-bodied palate with a nice bittersweet edge to the savoury, spiced berries in the finish. Juicy and silky tannins for an Amarone.
James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com (August 2022)
A refreshingly savoury expression of Amarone with great balance and freshness. Aged in large French oak casks for 24 months, it combines sticky plum with plenty of white pepper, herbs and chocolate, leading to a finish of tobacco, earth and black pepper.
Drink 2022 - 2029
James Button, Decanter.com (November 2022)
About this WINE
Monte del Fra
Monte del Frà translates as ;Hill of Monks; and is located in the heart of the Bianco di Custoza DOC. It now consists of over 65 hectares of vineyards is owned and run by brothers Eligio and Claudio Bonomo. It is one of the most progressive and dynamic producers in the region and has been particularly innovative in its adoption of modern viticultural techniques.
Eligio Bonomo was the first producer in the region to retrain the traditionally 1.6m high cordon vines to lower-trained, single guyot systems. In the winery the Bonomos use thoroughly modern, clean and temperature-controlled fermentation and storage facilities in order to preserve the aromatic freshness in their wines. They produce very good-quality wines which are clean, display excellent purity of fruit and are elegant and well balanced.
Corvina, Corvinone blend
Corvina is widely grown on the Veneto shore of Lake Garda and the hills of Valpolicella to the north and north-east of Verona. Sometimes known as Corvina Veronese, it is blended with Rondinella and Molinara to produce Valpolicella and Bardolino. It can be a tricky grape to cultivate, as it ripens late and is prone to rot if affected by rains at harvest time. It is a high-yielding grape and quality is very dependent on keeping yields low.
Corvina-based red wines can range in style from a light, cherryish red to the rich, port-like Recioto and Amarone Valpolicellas. Most Valpolicella from the plains is pale and insipid, and bears little comparison with Valpolicella Classico from the hills. Some producers such as Allegrini are now producing very high quality 100% Corvina wines.