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Tenuta Sant'Antonio Amarone Selezione Antonio Castagnedi 2006

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Winemaker Notes

Ruby red with purple reflections. Aromas of ripe red fruit, spicy fragrances of liquorice, black pepper and a hint of chocolate. Flavors are well-balanced, with round tannins, soft, hot, full-flavoured, elegant, fine and fresh.

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The 2006 Amarone della Valpolicella Selezione Antonio Castagnedi offers up violets, graphite, black cherries, minerals, earthiness and French oak in a vibrant, structured style. There is terrific richness and depth to be found in the glass. Ideally the tannins could use a touch more polish, but that is a relatively small quibble for an Amarone that delivers this level of quality for the money. The Selezione Antonio Castagnedi is Corvina, Rondinella, Croatina and Oseleta that spent two years in 100% 500-liter French oak barrels. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2018.

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Tenuta Sant'Antonio

Tenuta Sant'Antonio

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Tenuta Sant'Antonio, , Italy
Tenuta Sant'Antonio
Four brothers and a love for wine which began in their father's vineyards in San Zeno di Colognola ai Colli in the Valpolicella district which produces the most famous wines in the Verona area: Amarone, Valpolicella and Soave. The brothers, driven by the desire to put themselves to the test outside the family business, soon found themselves embarking on a new adventure. Forerunners of their time, they worked as technical consultants for years, creating innovative 'turnkey' solutions throughout Italy. The unique experience they gained led them to a momentous decision. In 1989 they purchased 30 hectares of land around Mezzane which, when added to their father's property, brought the Tenuta Sant'Antonio vineyards to its current total of 50 hectares.

The time was right for them to take the plunge. Armando, Paolo, Tiziano and Massimo Castagnedi decided to produce their own wine, becoming vinedressers and earning a name for themselves for their quality and professionalism. It was a real challenge. The decision to plant new vines alongside the existing vineyards and to build a new winery in the Monti Garbi area (which in dialect means "sour" or "hard", demanded courage and a keen business sense: two qualities which the Castagnedi brothers are not short on.

For more than twenty years, while many wine producers were focusing on quantity, the Castagnedi clan rewrote the rulebook, concentrating wholly on quality. Ever since it was established, Tenuta Sant'Antonio has remained faithful to certain principles: tending to the vine branch by branch, carefully handpicking the bunches, low yield per plant, keeping the grapes meticulously clean from when they are picked to when they are taken to the winery and the wine bottled, patiently waiting for the wine to mature in new wooden barrels, ageing in the bottle.

Home to some of the world’s finest and longest-lived sweet and dry white wines, the Mosel is a region of Germany formerly known as Mosel-Saar-Ruwer—named thusly for the three rivers that flow through its dramatic valleys. Geology, climate and topography are paramount here, and the wines produced communicate a distinct sense of place. In addition to being prized for their heat-retaining properties, slate-based soils lend a stony minerality to the wines, contributing to some of the most recognizable terroir in the world. Cool temperatures necessitate the use of the region’s rivers to reflect heat onto the vineyards, and the best wines are made from sites with south or southwest facing slopes to receive sufficient direct sunlight for ripening. The breathtakingly steep slopes that straddle the river banks cannot be worked by machine, contributing to a high cost of labor (and treacherous working conditions).

Riesling is by far the most important and prestigious grape of the Mosel, grown on approximately 60% of the region’s vineyard land—typically the sites that provide the best combination of sunlight, soil type, and altitude. These wines, dry or sweet, are distinguished by marked acidity, low alcohol, and intense flavors of wet stone, citrus, and stone fruit. With age, a pleasing aroma of petroleum often develops. The lesser plots are mainly planted with lower-maintenance but relatively neutral varieties like [Müller-Thurgau] and other German crosses, but Spätburgunder (Pinot Noir) and Weissburgunder (Pinot Blanc) can perform quite well here.

Riesling

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A regal variety of incredible purity and precision, Riesling possesses a remarkable ability to reflect the character of wherever it is grown while still maintaining easily identifiable typicity. This versatile grape can be just as enjoyable dry or sweet, young or old, still or sparkling, and can age longer than nearly any other white variety. Riesling is best known in Germany and Alsace, and is also of great importance in Austria. The variety has also been particularly successful in Australia’s Clare and Eden Valleys, New Zealand, Oregon, Washington, cooler regions of California, and the Finger Lakes in New York.

In the Glass

Riesling is low in alcohol, with high acidity, steely minerality, and stone fruit, spice, citrus, and floral notes. At its ripest it leans towards juicy peach and nectarine, and pineapple, while in cooler climes it is more redolent of meyer lemon, lime, and green apple. With age, Riesling can become truly revelatory, developing unique, complex aromatics, often with a hint of gasoline.

Perfect Pairings

Riesling is very versatile, enjoying the company of sweet-fleshed fish like sole, most Asian food, especially Thai and Vietnamese (bottlings with some residual sugar and low alcohol are the perfect companions for dishes with substantial spice), and freshly shucked oysters. Sweeter styles work well with fruit-based desserts.

Sommelier Secret

It can be difficult to discern the level of sweetness in a Riesling, and German labeling laws do not make things any easier. Look for the world “trocken” to indicate a dry wine, or “halbtrocken” or “feinherb” for off-dry. Some producers will include a helpful sweetness scale on the back label—happily, a growing trend.

MSW62807061_2006 Item# 111424

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