Monte Dall’Ora Valpolicella Superiore San Giorgio Alto 2018


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“The 2018 Valpolicella Classico Superiore San Giorgio Alto is wildly unique, holding my attention firm with a savory blend of plum sauce, brown spice, whole butter and dusty rose. It’s softly textured, nearly juicy in feel, yet packed full of saline-minerality, showcasing tart cherry offset by a hint of curry. The 2018 leaves the palate stained in primary concentration and sweet tannins yet leaves the mouth watering for more as a note of balsamic-tinged black raspberry slowly fades. This transcends the vintage, with an underlying power and intensity of fruit seldom seen. Drinking window: 2024-2032. 93 points

Over the last few years, I’ve been happily following the wines of Monte dall’Ora, which possess a sense of energy and purity seldom found in Valpolicella. Carlo Venturini and his wife Alessandra Zantedeschi started to work their farm in 1995, organic at first, with a conversion to biodynamic principles in 2006. The couple believes deeply in biodiversity, using pergola-trained vines planted amongst cherry and olive trees and grasses and wildflowers that create a natural ecosystem. The family also tends to a 50-year-old parcel planted using the “vite maritata” system, where the vines are “married” or supported by trees, including almond and mulberry. This parcel creates their Amarone Stropa, which is a huge standout. Each wine is a declaration of place with vineyards throughout the Classico zone. Also of note is the high-elevation San Giorgio vineyard, which produces one of the most exciting Valpolicella I have tasted this year. This is low intervention, natural winemaking at its very best.”

Eric Guido, Vinous (03/23)