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The La Grola vineyard represents, in conjunction with an ancient legend that traces birth of the Corvina varietal precisely to this magnificent hill, the ideal location for 'wine-making', and has always stood as a symbol of the Valpolicella Classico zone.
La Grola is the extraordinary result of the meeting of two great personalities: the hill of La Grola and the Valpolicella's autochthonous grapes. The excellent exposure of the vineyards, which enjoy the sun's warm rays and the cool breezes that come from nearby Lake Garda, allows the grapes to produce their very best. Careful, craftsman-like ageing in the cellar yields a red wine with great elegance, harmony and finesse that can evolve positively for over a decade.
Production area: La Grola vineyard, located in Sant’Ambrogio di Valpolicella planted between 1979-1998.
Grapes: Corvina Veronese 90%, Oseleta 10%
Soil: clayey and chalky soil, rich in stony matter and poor in organic substances.
Altitude: 310 m. a.s.l.
Training system: bilateral guyot
Density of the vineyard: 1979 planting: 4,240 vines/ha, 1998 planting: 6,500 vines/ha.
Vinification and ageing: Soft crushing and de-stemming. Fermentation in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks with daily pumping over. Fermentation temperature: 20-28°C (68-82°F) Length of fermentation: approx. 15 days. Malolactic fermentation naturally, in barriques, in October. Ageing 16 months in oak, then blended together for 2 months followed by 10 months of bottle-ageing.
Colour: dark ruby red.
Bouquet: of broad and powerful impact, with herbaceous and balsamic notes, elegantly characterized by notes of undergrowth in jam; in the background emerge notes of sweet spices such as vanilla, black pepper, white chocolate and licorice.
Taste: rich, tannic and generous on the attack, with well-balanced, consistent and harmonious polyphenols. Equipped with good freshness and remarkable persistence.
Total acidity: 5.6 g/l
Residual sugars: 2 g/l
Dry extract: 31.5 g/l
2015 vintage characteristics: the vintage was characterized by fairly high temperatures and healthy grapes that were perfectly intact at harvest time. The ripening phase required two emergency irrigations in the upper hillside vineyards and also benefitted from the timely rainfall of 20th August, which helped maintain the physiological balance of the vines, resulting in the complete aromatic and phenolic ripening of the grapes. The absence of rain, except on two days, during the harvest period meant that the work was carried out easily and almost without interruption. The forecast is that vintage 2015 wines will be complex and long- lived, characterized by slightly above average alcohol content and a good balance between acidity and extract.