After searching for the right site, Graziano Pra began the new millennium by fulfilling his long term ambition and purchasing a 13 hectare vineyard near Mezzane in eastern Valpolicella. At 450m altitude, the steep glacial slopes of poor, rocky yellow marl soil produce meagre crops and the cool nights ensure a long ripening period. No chemical treatments are used. The grapes (Corvina, Corvinone, Rndinella and Oseleta) are dried in a fruttaio (drying room) from 20-30 days then vinified. Maturation in 20hl casks for 18 months.
Appealing nose with layers of plum, bramble leaf, and a hint of black pepper and spice. The palate is complex with ripe black fruits, prune, fig and an orange peel tang balanced by more savoury characters of cloves and cedar. A rich wine with supple tannins and a graphite minerality, finishing long and elegant.
Succulent, meaty sausages.
Sommelier Wine Awards 2017