Region: Veneto, Italy
Pasqua Mai Dire Mai Amarone delle Valpolicella 2012
Grapes: 65% Corvina, 15% Corvinone, 10% Rondinella, 10% Oseleta
MAI DIRE MAI is born out of the coming together of the time-honoured experience of the Pasqua family and the exceptional terroir of the Montevegro vineyard: the 23-hectare vineyard is situated on the top of a hill at an altitude of 350 metres between Val d’Illasi and Val di Mezzane, the soil of which is basalt and calcareous in origin, ensuring an optimal mineral content. An iconic line characterised by its elegance, complexity and unique palate.
The grapes are hand-picked, carefully selected and then placed in crates to dry for 4 months to achieve a higher sugar concentration. After pressing, pre-fermentation cold maceration is performed, whereas malolactic fermentation takes place in steel vats at a controlled temperature of 22-24°C for 40 days. Ageing takes place in French oak casks (70% barrels of 225 litres and 30% in barrels of 500 litres, all new barrels) for 24 months.
A highly concentrated wine with great structure, elegance and strength. Still young but with great personality. The nose reveals intense aromas of autumn leaves, morello cherry, cedar wood, cocoa and hints of leather. The palate is warm and rich, enveloping and complex, with notes of ripe black fruit, cloves, dark chocolate and mocha. A highly complex and fresh-tasting wine owing to its notable acidity. The tannins are decisive yet elegant with a charming and lingering finish.
In essence this is a triumph of vinitcultural and winemaking prowess!
Perfect with Matured Cheeses, Red Meat & Dark Chocolate.
Awards – 2012
Robert Parker – 93 points
Decanter World Wide Awards – 95 points
Critics Challenge – 94 points Platinum
Gambero Rosso 2020 – tre bicchieri
Luca Maroni 2020 – 93 points
Mundus Vini – Gold Medal
Jancis Robinson – 16.5 points
Wine Enthusiast 2020 – 92 points