Spend just a few minutes speaking with Francesca Sartori about her family’s winery, and it becomes abundantly clear that Roccolo Grassi is committed to quality over quantity. This small estate, founded in 1996 and now run by Francesca and her brother, Marco, is comprised of two vineyards, Roccolo Grassi for red varietals and La Broia for white, totaling 14 hectares. From these vineyards they produce singular wines reflective of their unique terroir. They produce only one wine of each type and will not produce the Amarone or Recioto in certain vintages if the fruit is not up to their demanding standards. In addition, they keep the yields low in the vineyards, hand select only the best fruit, use natural methods in the winery, and allow for extra aging time in the cellar. This attention to detail results in beautiful age-worthy wines possessing elegance, balance, and truly distinctive character.
One of the benchmark producers in Valpolicella, Roccolo Grassi crafts world-class bottlings that continuously set new standards for the region. The 2012 Valpolicella is a blend of Corvina, Corvinone, Rondinella, and Croatina, bursting with rich, silky dark fruits, hints of mocha and spice, and a long, sultry finish.
A section of the vineyard is designated exclusively to growing grapes for Valpolicella Superiore. Grapes for Amarone are not selected from this area. Harvested the first week of October when the grapes are ripe and have reached their full phenolic maturity. Made from about 50% fresh grapes and 50% grapes which have been slightly dried for 20 days. This process alters the peel/pulp ratio resulting in a fresh fruit with a slightly higher concentration and rich with the noble components of the peel.
Fermented in stainless steel tanks at 25-28° C. Fermentation and maceration over 15 days, the cap is pumped over and punched down daily. Natural malolactic in wood.
Aged in French oak 225 L barrels and 15-22 hL casks for 20 months, aged 10 months in bottle.