Corte Giara is the negociant label of Allegrini. The wines are made by Allegrini from fruit brought in from outside their own vineyards. They have a similar stamp of quality that sets them apart from most of the Veronese wines produced at this level.
The vineyards are situated in the hilly areas of the Valpolicella DOC, at an altitude of 240 metres above sea level. The vineyards face south-east and are based on chalky and clay soils.The vines are trained according to the traditional arbour training system with a density of 3,000 vines per hectare. They are on average 27 years old and are pruned with 18-20 buds per vine.
Vintage 2014 was challenging for winegrowers. Vegetative development started about two weeks early due to the mild, wet winter – which ensured good water reserves for the vines – and a rather mild spring. The summer, which actually never arrived, featured continuous rain and temperatures well below average. The unfavourable climate meant that very careful work needed to be carried out in the vineyards, with numerous plant protection measures, leaf thinning and severe bunch selection. Fortunately, September ushered in the sunny days that were needed to complete the ripening of the grapes. They exhibited good sugar concentrations and high levels of acidity. This year, the traditional wines of the Verona area are lighter in colour, with great freshness.
The selected bunches were harvested by hand and the grapes were left to dry for four months in a humidity-controlled drying centre, where they lost about 50% of their original weight. De-stalking and then soft crushing of the grapes took place in late January/early February. Fermentation took place in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks at 8-22°C for 22-24 days with daily periodic pump-overs. The wine was aged for five months in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks, 15 months in oak (half in large Slavonian oak barrels, half in second use barriques) and a further six months in bottle.
Ruby red in colour. The intense nose is bursting with red fruits and aromatic herbs. On the palate, the wine is succulent and beautifully balanced. Its sweetness is never cloying due to an elegant, crisp acidity that makes for easy drinking and a long, satisfying finish.