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Amarone Velluto Riserva 1990 - Buon Vino Natural Wine
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Amarone Velluto Riserva Meroni 1990

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One Line Description Amarone Velluto Riserva Meroni 1990, exceptionally rare, natural, elegant Amarone, made with natural yeast from grapes grown in the birth place of Amarone, Sant Ambrogio della Valpolicella, this very limited release of one of the estates sacred old vintag
Production Method Natural
Country Italy Italian
Region Veneto, Italy
Producer Meroni
Vintage 1990
Wine Type Red Wine
Wine Style Full bodied
Grape Blend Corvina, Corvinone, Rondinella, Molinara
Alcohol 15% abv
Terroir Clay, calcareous
Maturation 100% in 25 h/l Slavonian oak barrels for 5 years plus 1 year in bottle
Annual Production 0 - 5,000 bottles
Production Detail 'Lutte Raisonnée' in the vineyard, wild yeast in the cellar, long ageing in old barrels, notes of brettanomyces give the wine an authentic undertone.
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Amarone Velluto Riserva Meroni 1990, exceptionally rare, natural, elegant Amarone, made with natural yeast from grapes grown in the birth place of Amarone, Sant Ambrogio della Valpolicella, this very limited release of one of the estates sacred old vintages is a treat for Italian wine devotees. Amarone and above all Velluto is a wine that inspires awe in the drinker. The dried Corvina grapes loose 30% of their water over the 4 months they are laid on mats to shrivel. The resulting grape is rich, highly concentrated in sugar and yet keeps its natural acidity to provide balance and freshness to the wine. Carlo Meroni uses the techniques that his family has used for generations and ferments with no added yeast and leaves the wine to mature in huge 30 year old barrels for 5 years. The final wine is an incredible brew of dried fruits, mocha and coffee, wild flowers and liquorice. The palate is rich and opulent but the freshness of this nearly 10 year old wine is amazing. This is truly special wine and a must for Amarone lovers. Carlo makes approximately 6500 bottles a year and he keeps a few cases from the special years like 2003 (when the natural fermentation finally finished at over 18% abv before dropping down over the ageing period to a much more manageable 17%!) and releases them much later. It is a wine which ages beautifully and so these bottles are pretty special if you are someone who is mad for Amarone. Although not cheap, this rare old vintage doesn't disappoint and if you are happy spending this much on a bottle of wine, better to spend it here than on disappointing Claret!


Carlo Meroni took over from his father and continued the family legacy of producing traditional Valpolicella wines with minimum intervention from their ancient soils in the birth place of Amarone, Sant Ambrogio. Meroni wines are not for the faint hearted. They posses an honesty and authenticity that is not all that common in a region where industrialisation has taken hold and modernism has had a profound effect on wine styles. Valpolicella, Ripasso, Amarone are often blockbuster wines now and the demand is high but many lack the personality to be truly authentic. In many cases the wines are 'too precise' to be real.

Meroni on the other hand strives for honesty rather than perfection. The wines oscillate between aromas of old barrels and earth, spices and tobacco mingle with forest floor, raisins, prunes soaked in grappa and and an old dusty cellar type aroma, all of which is wrapped up in a hedonistic mix of alcohol and mature fruit. Serious wines which can be enjoyed simplistically. These are the wines of the Poet and artist and when you see Carlo around town (you can't miss the guy, trust me!), you understand this family winery has the soul of an artist.

And the name Velluto, where does it come from? Well there is nice story there. During the second world war, the Poet Berto Berberani was passing through the Valpolicella and after drinking the Meroni wine in Sant Ambrogio, he wrote a Poem....it is below with translation.



Meroni Caro, abbiamo ricevuto il S. Ambrogio fatto di velluto


e che alla tua saluta abbiamo bevuto............


In queste universali parapiglie, ti auguriamo che le tue bottiglie,


sono la farmacia delle famiglie!



Dear Meroni, we received the S. Ambrogio wine made of Velvet


and we have drunk it to your health............


I must say that in this time of universal turmoil,


your wine is like a good medicine to all of us!


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