Awarded 89 points and Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their May 2019 edition panel tasting of premium Amarone. "Very much a crowd-pleaser: soft and satisfying, with plenty of plump sweet fruit amid a light twist of vanilla oak."
The estate was founded by Alberto Malesani, famous in Italy as a former manager of both Fiorentina and Parma. While at Parma, he won the UEFA cup in 1999. His passion and intelligence is now channelled into this estate, where he is helped by consultant winemaker Lorenzo Caramazza, formerly of Cantina Valpantena. The name La Giuva is an acronym of his daughters’ initials, Giulia and Valentina, who are heavily involved in the business. The balance, concentration and aromatic intensity marks the wines out from the crowd in Valpolicella, and makes La Giuva one of the region’s rising stars. Production is tiny, and won’t get that much higher than its current level of 18,000 bottles until the new vineyards come into production.
La Giuva's estate covers ten hectares (only five hectares of which are in production) in a cool site in the Val Squaranto, a small valley between the Valpantena and the valley of Mezzane. The vineyards are planted on the top of the hill, at an altitude of 350-400 metres above sea level, and are picked later than most sites in the hills east of Verona.
2015 overall climate and weather pattern was particularly beneficial for the physiological equilibrium of the vines. The high temperatures recorded throughout the Valpolicella in July did not prevent the different varieties from ripening in perfect health. The harvest, which began on 10th September, took place in ideal conditions due to the total absence of rain. Vintage 2015 promises wines with great personality, intense aromas and good balance of acidity and extracts.
The grapes for the Amarone were dried until the beginning of January, before being crushed and fermented at controlled temperatures in stainless steel tanks. Malolactic fermentation took place before the wine was aged in new oak barrels for 24 months.
With a complex and ethereal nose, the wine has aromatic notes of cherries, blueberries and chocolate, combined with hints of sweet spice. Smooth and powerful, the palate is remarkably fresh and finishes with ripe fruit.