In a Nutshell
An Amarone of unusual grace, purity and elegance - with sublime aromas and a powerful, complex palate.
A ripe, open and spicy nose with aromas of wild cherry, plums and dried herbs. The silky, velvety texture and flavours of luscious bitter cherry, dried orange peel, and ripe red fruit are balanced by a complex and long finish, with lingering notes of chocolate ganache. A fine and distinctive style of Amarone capable of further development in bottle.
After searching for the right site, Graziano Pra began the new millennium by fulfilling his long term ambition and purchasing a 13 hectare vineyard near Mezzane in eastern Valpolicella. At 450m altitude, the steep glacial slopes of poor, rocky yellow marl soil produce meagre crops and the cool nights ensure a long ripening period. No chemical treatments are used.
The grapes are dried in a fruttaio (drying room) for 2 months. Grapes are macerated and fermented for 15 days in stainless steel vats. Delestage is followed by malo-lactic fermentation in 1/3 in Allier barriques and the rest in 5hl tonneaux for 3 years.
Azienda Agricola Prà
This 20 hectare estate in the commune of Monteforte D’Alpone in the very heart of the Soave Classico district is run by Graziano Prà.