Tommasi - Amarone DOCG 2015

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"TASTING NOTE Very intense ruby red colour, the nose reveals intense and clean scents of very ripe cherry, black cherry, wild berries followed by fresh and slightly spicy tones. In the mouth it is dry and soft at the same time, enveloping and of great balance thanks to the excellent balance between acidity and tannins. The whole tasting is embellished with a very pleasant tannic texture, which fades towards a finish of excellent persistence, with light hints of red fruit.

VINIFICATION and MATURATION Manual harvest and selection of the grapes, followed by drying for about 3 months in a well-ventilated loft. Fermentation in stainless steel for 25 days at 25°-30°C 3 years’ maturation in 35 and 65 hl Slavonian oak casks."

VINTAGE 2015 2015 was characterized by climatic excesses that subjected the vine to considerable stress. Winter has passed with high temperatures. The flowering between the end of May and the first week of June involved all the varieties, therefore in advance of the historical average. The high temperatures of July and August, while blocking the daytime physiological activity, did not slow down the maturation of the grapes, which occurred earlier than the norm. A vintage characterized by extremely high temperatures and low rainfall during the season. The acidity has been in sharp decline with less fresh but softer and rounder wines. Precisely for this reason it has been an excellent year for the symbolic wines of the Valpolicella which have their most characteristic aspects in softness, roundness and elegance.

 

--------THE PRODUCER--------

Tommasi Family Estates

The Tommasi story is that of a pioneer spirit ignited in 1902 that has blazed across four generations.

Since the first small parcel of land in the Valpolicella Classica purchased by Giacomo Tommasi, our hard work and commitment to manage every aspect of the growth of the company directly defines us. This connection to the land, to the people and the markets, has honed our business insight, and strategic innovation, without ever losing touch with the respect and love harboured for the traditions and unique qualities that define this historic wine region.


An attentive ear to change, respect of place, and high-quality production are three driving factors that put Tommasi among Italy's leading producers. The strength of the family truly forges every Tommasi.

 

--------THE GRAPE--------

Valpolicella Blend

Corvina, Rondinella and Molinara are the main red grape varietals that make up the wines of Valpolicella. Each grape, along with some other secondary grapes such as Corvinone, all have specific elements be it tannin, colour, aromatics or acidity that they bring to the blend. Each producer in the region will use a certain ratio of the grapes to help create their house style.

 

--------THE REGION--------

Veneto

Veneto is a region in the northeast of Italy. It is the region behind the famous red wines of Valpolicella. The wines of Valpolicella are made in a range of styles from dry and light (Valpolicella Superiore) to medium bodied and complex (Valpolicella Ripasso) to the fullest bodied red (Amarone della Valpolicella) and a sweet red made in a passito style (Recioto della Valpolicella). It is also the home to the sparkling wines of Prosecco.

The best place to start when you are pairing food and wine is to think about the structural elements of both the food and wines. These elements are: sweetness, acidity, bitterness, umami, chilli heat and fat.

We have listed these elements in foods and how you can add wines with similar or contrasting elements to help create harmony in your matches.

Sweetness 

Sweet foods can overpower dry wines, white or red, making them appear acidic, neutral or bitter. In order to reduce this effect you should pair sweet foods with sweet wines. 

Acidity

Acidic foods, like fresh citrus, tomatoes or salads laden with vinaigrettes, will overpower the acidity in a wine making them appear flabby or less acidic than they were. In order to reduce this effect you should pair acidic foods with wines that have a higher acidity such as Champagne, Riesling or Sauvignon Blanc.

Acidity is a key element in creating balance in a dish or a food-and-wine match. If the foods are going to reduce the acidity in the wines then you need to add your own bit of acidity by bringing a more acidic wine to the table. It is the same principle behind adding lemon juice to seafood dishes, as seafood tends to have quite low natural acidity.

Bitterness

If a food is high in bitterness then it will make the wine appear bitter, or it will increase the perception of bitterness (tannins) in the wine. In order to reduce this effect you should pair bitter foods with wines that are not bitter but rather have refreshing acidity.

Umami (Savoury)

Foods that are highly savoury, like mushrooms, will increase the bitterness or acidic perception we have in wines. In order to reduce this effect you should pair umami rich foods with wines that are very fruity and do not have medium-high tannins. 

Often foods that are more savoury are best matched with white wines like Chardonnay or Soave as these do not have tannins but have lots of fruity flavours nor do they have extremely high acidity.

Chilli Heat

Chilli heat is similar to umami rich foods where by it will increase the bitterness or acidic perception as well as the alcoholic burn we have in wines. In order to reduce this effect you should pair chilli heat rich foods with wines that are very fruity but also have higher sweetness.

Wines that are just a touch off-dry like many Gewurztraminer or Riesling work best with chilli foods like a curry as they will be both a bit sweet but also very fruity. If you aren't a white wine drinker then you should consider red wines that have lower tannins such as a Pinot Noir or a Gamay Noir. 

Fatty

Foods that are high in fat will make the wines feel flabby and less fruity. In order to reduce this effect you should pair fatty foods with wines that have high acidity. This is similar to the rule of adding in acidity (in the form of citrus) to seafood to help balance out not just the acidity but to cut down the perception of fattiness in the seafood. 

This is why when you are having a piece of red meat that is high in fat, like lamb, then you should pair it with a Pinot Noir instead of a Merlot as a Pinot Noir will have a higher acidity and will help to balance out the dish.

 

 

These rules will help you with starting to think about how to create pairings. It often isn't helpful to think about 'red wine and red meat' or 'white wine and fish' because it is actually the structural elements of the wine and food that are what need to be balanced. It is the acidity in white wines that work well with cutting through the fattiness of a piece of fish but you could get that acidity through a Pinot Noir. 

"TASTING NOTE Very intense ruby red colour, the nose reveals intense and clean scents of very ripe cherry, black cherry, wild berries followed by fresh and slightly spicy tones. In the mouth it is dry and soft at the same time, enveloping and of great balance thanks to the excellent balance between acidity and tannins. The whole tasting is embellished with a very pleasant tannic texture, which fades towards a finish of excellent persistence, with light hints of red fruit.

VINIFICATION and MATURATION Manual harvest and selection of the grapes, followed by drying for about 3 months in a well-ventilated loft. Fermentation in stainless steel for 25 days at 25°-30°C 3 years’ maturation in 35 and 65 hl Slavonian oak casks."

VINTAGE 2015 2015 was characterized by climatic excesses that subjected the vine to considerable stress. Winter has passed with high temperatures. The flowering between the end of May and the first week of June involved all the varieties, therefore in advance of the historical average. The high temperatures of July and August, while blocking the daytime physiological activity, did not slow down the maturation of the grapes, which occurred earlier than the norm. A vintage characterized by extremely high temperatures and low rainfall during the season. The acidity has been in sharp decline with less fresh but softer and rounder wines. Precisely for this reason it has been an excellent year for the symbolic wines of the Valpolicella which have their most characteristic aspects in softness, roundness and elegance.

 

--------THE PRODUCER--------

Tommasi Family Estates

The Tommasi story is that of a pioneer spirit ignited in 1902 that has blazed across four generations.

Since the first small parcel of land in the Valpolicella Classica purchased by Giacomo Tommasi, our hard work and commitment to manage every aspect of the growth of the company directly defines us. This connection to the land, to the people and the markets, has honed our business insight, and strategic innovation, without ever losing touch with the respect and love harboured for the traditions and unique qualities that define this historic wine region.


An attentive ear to change, respect of place, and high-quality production are three driving factors that put Tommasi among Italy's leading producers. The strength of the family truly forges every Tommasi.

 

--------THE GRAPE--------

Valpolicella Blend

Corvina, Rondinella and Molinara are the main red grape varietals that make up the wines of Valpolicella. Each grape, along with some other secondary grapes such as Corvinone, all have specific elements be it tannin, colour, aromatics or acidity that they bring to the blend. Each producer in the region will use a certain ratio of the grapes to help create their house style.

 

--------THE REGION--------

Veneto

Veneto is a region in the northeast of Italy. It is the region behind the famous red wines of Valpolicella. The wines of Valpolicella are made in a range of styles from dry and light (Valpolicella Superiore) to medium bodied and complex (Valpolicella Ripasso) to the fullest bodied red (Amarone della Valpolicella) and a sweet red made in a passito style (Recioto della Valpolicella). It is also the home to the sparkling wines of Prosecco.

The best place to start when you are pairing food and wine is to think about the structural elements of both the food and wines. These elements are: sweetness, acidity, bitterness, umami, chilli heat and fat.

We have listed these elements in foods and how you can add wines with similar or contrasting elements to help create harmony in your matches.

Sweetness 

Sweet foods can overpower dry wines, white or red, making them appear acidic, neutral or bitter. In order to reduce this effect you should pair sweet foods with sweet wines. 

Acidity

Acidic foods, like fresh citrus, tomatoes or salads laden with vinaigrettes, will overpower the acidity in a wine making them appear flabby or less acidic than they were. In order to reduce this effect you should pair acidic foods with wines that have a higher acidity such as Champagne, Riesling or Sauvignon Blanc.

Acidity is a key element in creating balance in a dish or a food-and-wine match. If the foods are going to reduce the acidity in the wines then you need to add your own bit of acidity by bringing a more acidic wine to the table. It is the same principle behind adding lemon juice to seafood dishes, as seafood tends to have quite low natural acidity.

Bitterness

If a food is high in bitterness then it will make the wine appear bitter, or it will increase the perception of bitterness (tannins) in the wine. In order to reduce this effect you should pair bitter foods with wines that are not bitter but rather have refreshing acidity.

Umami (Savoury)

Foods that are highly savoury, like mushrooms, will increase the bitterness or acidic perception we have in wines. In order to reduce this effect you should pair umami rich foods with wines that are very fruity and do not have medium-high tannins. 

Often foods that are more savoury are best matched with white wines like Chardonnay or Soave as these do not have tannins but have lots of fruity flavours nor do they have extremely high acidity.

Chilli Heat

Chilli heat is similar to umami rich foods where by it will increase the bitterness or acidic perception as well as the alcoholic burn we have in wines. In order to reduce this effect you should pair chilli heat rich foods with wines that are very fruity but also have higher sweetness.

Wines that are just a touch off-dry like many Gewurztraminer or Riesling work best with chilli foods like a curry as they will be both a bit sweet but also very fruity. If you aren't a white wine drinker then you should consider red wines that have lower tannins such as a Pinot Noir or a Gamay Noir. 

Fatty

Foods that are high in fat will make the wines feel flabby and less fruity. In order to reduce this effect you should pair fatty foods with wines that have high acidity. This is similar to the rule of adding in acidity (in the form of citrus) to seafood to help balance out not just the acidity but to cut down the perception of fattiness in the seafood. 

This is why when you are having a piece of red meat that is high in fat, like lamb, then you should pair it with a Pinot Noir instead of a Merlot as a Pinot Noir will have a higher acidity and will help to balance out the dish.

 

 

These rules will help you with starting to think about how to create pairings. It often isn't helpful to think about 'red wine and red meat' or 'white wine and fish' because it is actually the structural elements of the wine and food that are what need to be balanced. It is the acidity in white wines that work well with cutting through the fattiness of a piece of fish but you could get that acidity through a Pinot Noir.