Le Ragose Valpolicella Classico 2018
Le Ragose is a small, high quality, family-run estate. Just to the north of Verona, at the highest point in the Valpolicella zone, lies this 30 acre estate, founded in 1969 by Arnaldo and Marta Galli. Their children, Paolo, Marco and Marina have now joined them to oversee every aspect of the estate, along with Paolo's daughter, and all the picking and care of the vineyards is done by hand in the steep, high altitude, old vine, dry-farmed (no irrigation) vineyards. Le Ragose Valpolicella Classico is produced from 100% estate vineyards sitting about 1,200 feet in elevation. The vineyards are ideally situated with a southwest exposure and soils of red and brown clay, on Eocene limestone. Vines average 30-60 years old at the estate.
Made from de-stemmed grapes, 50% Corvina, 20% Rondinella, 20% Corvinone and 10% other authorized grapes, the Valpolicella juice is fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks with indigenous yeasts. Fermentation is 12-14 days. Look for a brilliant ruby red color, fresh scents of cherry, berry and pomegranate. Serve with starters, Pasta, Soup, White and Red meats at room temperature or slightly chilled in Summer.