55% Corvina, 25% Rondinella, 10% Corvinone, 5% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon
Valpolicella, Veneto, Italy
Alanera translates as "black wing," a reference to the raven, "corvo" in Italian, and an homage to the Valpolicella region's treasured indigenous grape, "Corvina". This wine derives extra richness from an innovative variation on the traditional appassimento method; 50% of all the grapes harvested to produce this wine are partially dried for 45-60 days. The classic Valpolicella varietals are dried in the main drying facility, while the Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon are dried at Zenato's Santa Cristina winery. The highly concentrated juice from these partially dried grapes adds a complex spectrum of aromas and flavors to the blend. 12 months in barrel rounds out the tannin structure.
Dried cherries, prunes, with hints of coffee and tobacco.
Pair with medium-aged cheeses, cured or braised meats.