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Velluto Riserva di Famiglia - Buon Vino Rare Old Natural Wines
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Velluto Riserva di Famiglia 2000

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One Line Description Velluto Riserva di Famiglia, rare Riserva of the Meroni Family, Amarone without the name.
Production Method Natural
Country Italy Italian
Region Veneto, Italy
Producer Meroni
Vintage 2000
Wine Type Red Wine
Wine Style Full bodied
Grape Blend Corvina, Corvinone, Rondinella, Molinara
Alcohol 15.5% abv
Terroir Clay, calcareous
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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Velluto Riserva di Famiglia, rare Riserva of the Meroni Family, Amarone without the name. This rare bottling of Velluto's wine was made as an Amarone, but was never bottled under the name of the illustrious appellation. As a result, the price is substantially lower for a wine that is, for all intents and purposes, an Amarone, and one that is about to celebrate its 18th birthday! It's rustic, earthy, yet hedonistic and rich. Well worth decanting and savouring in front of the fire with some top, strong, sharp cheeses.

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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