Tuesday, July 2, 2024

Monte Dall’ Ora Valpolicella Classico (DOC) Saseti. “Knowledge and respect for natural cycles help us to find the balance.

Monte Dall’ Ora Valpolicella Classico (DOC) Saseti 2022, 12.5% ABV

RRP €26.95. Stockists: 64 Wine, Greenman Wines, Bradleys Cork, Le Caveau online

“Knowledge and respect for natural cycles help us to find the balance”

The colour of our Valpolicella Classico is a pale, though very bright, garnet. Aromas of cherries and strawberries greet you. Freshness and flavour prevail in the mouth with minty notes and crunchy spices. It’s a gentle, light-bodied wine with a

cherry-fruited elegance. 

Bright and unoaked and very drinkable. And Very Highly Recommended.

If I remember rightly, from an earlier tasting, the hands on the label belong to the winemakers Alesandra and Carlo Venturini and their children.

Located in Castelroto, in the hills outside of Verona, the vineyards of Monte dall’Ora form a natural amphitheatre facing southeast towards the city. The Venturinis are firm adherents to biodynamic principles. As such, they encourage the growth of biodiversity. And have emphasised traditional and native grape varieties wherever possible.

“Knowledge and respect for natural cycles help us to find the balance that gives us a state of well-being and that will benefit our whole microcosm (soil-vine-wine-man)”. All the wines are blends of Corvina, Corvinone, Rondinella, Molinara and Oseleta. Fermentation is spontaneous with indigenous yeasts and extraction is gentle.…”

Their website gives the blend for this Saseti as Corvina 40%, Corvinone 30%, Rondinella 20%, Molinara and Oseleta 10%. Ageing is in steel and concrete for a few months before bottling. No oak ageing takes place. The wines are bottled unfiltered and unfined.

They suggest a serving temperature of 16 to 18 degrees. This “wine that accompanies you all day”, can be sipped from a glass “as a snack with friends to the entire meal, with cured meats, soups, white meats and fatty fish.” Other suggestions are the likes of spicy sausages and game.

* This post is part of a series on Italian wines made from native grapes and produced by usually small or medium-sized organic wineries. Taking some “guidance” here from the recently published VINO. Mightn’t always net the hat trick but hope to score two from the three each time. I have quite a few lined up but I’m happy to consider any suggestions or help. #OrganicItaly

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