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Tenuta Sant' Antonio Manfro Amarone Della Valpolicella 2018  - First Bottle


95 Decanter -
"Beautiful aromatic expression, richly scented and nuanced with caramel, rose, potpourri, meaty, chocolate and orange tones. Succulent and sharp, it has such intensity right from the start, with a precision that gives every aspect a high tone and edge mouthfeel, with the expansive flavors coming in a little after the initial sip.It's a powerful, full-bodied wine, with lots of flavor but a light touch, it's not as viscous as I thought it was, but it's so nuanced, powerful and persistent. Structured and supportive, it's an interesting wine that carefully blends sweet and savory elements with freshness."
95 Jane Anson, Inside Bordeaux -
"Layers of cloves, hazlenuts, truffles, black pepper, stollen, damson and dried fruits, with a kick of bitter angustora on the finish. Limited release for now through the Bordeaux system for this iconic, tiny production wine from the Castagnedi family, with Paolo Castagnedi winemaker."

Technical Details

  • BlendCorvina/Corvinone, Rondinella, Croatina, Oseleta
  • WinemakerPaolo Castagnedi
  • CountryItaly
  • RegionVeneto
  • AppellationAmarone della Valpolicella
  • Aging/Cooperage2 years in 500L French oak casks with an additional 8 months in bottle
  • Alcohol15%

Tenuta Sant' Antonio Manfro Amarone Della Valpolicella 2018

Red Blends  |  Italy
DC95, JA95

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Just landed from Italy, this gorgeous DOUBLE 95 POINT Amarone deftly balances the typical intense berry and plum fruit compotes of Amarone with an incredible depth of savory, mineral spice, and nuance...all while showcasing an incredible freshness. At OVER 30% OFF, this is one to cherish and collect for perfect drinking anytime over the next two decades.

The Castagnedi brothers were all working as vineyard and winery consultants in Valpolicella when they inherited 50 acres of land from their father back in 1989. This led them to acquire 75 more in the revered, high-elevation region of Monti Garbi, and like that, Tenuta Sant' Antonio was born. Producing since 1995, these have quickly become some of the most unique, fresh, and nuanced Amarone in Italy. This tiny production of their exclusive “Manfro” bottling was originally created for the Swiss market back in 2015. The wine is now sold exclusively through La Place de Bordeaux, making for a rare bottling that almost never exists in the U.S.!

The grapes here are Valpolicella’s traditional varieties – the classic corvina (75%) rounded out with smaller roles for rondinella (15%), croatia (5%), and oseleta (5%). As ever, for the painstakingly laborious creation of Amarone, the grapes are first hand harvested, then dried on special straw mats for several months before fermentation in stainless steel. The wine then ages in new 500 liter French tonneaus for 2 years, undergoing rigorous bâtonnage stirring weekly for the first year to further develop weight and richness. Bottle conditioning of nearly a year follows before the wine is released to La Place de Bordeaux to be sold.

The wine elegantly combines ripe dark fruit notes of black plum, blackberry compote, fig jam, and heady brandied cherries with silky and creamy mocha and spice overtones. A delicate presence of violets, dried lavender, and rose petals uplifts the wine – adding a playful elegance that is in turn grounded with a meaty, iron, and sanguine depth that finishes with a whisper of fresh black truffles. Extremely complex, rich, and smooth – this is a wine to sip slowly and savor over the coming 2 decades.

About the Producer

The Castagnedi brothers, Armando, Tiziano, Paolo, and Massimo, were winegrowing consultants in the Illasi Valley of eastern Valpolicella until they inherited 50 acres of vineyards from their father Antonio Castagnedi in the late 20th century. With bigger dreams, they took the leap into wine production by buying another 75 acres of top-quality vineyard land on the high terrain of Monti Garbi in 1989 and produced the first vintage of Tenuta Sant’Antonio in 1995. These Valpolicella wines are made from 100% estate-grown grapes and the brothers pay close attention to their high-density, low-yield vineyards to provide exceptional quality grapes. The grapes for Amarone are harvested first and the rest for the regular Valpolicella are harvested second, making the regular Valpolicella an exceptional value. Tenuta Sant’Antonio only produces Amarone in years when the overall harvest quality is high enough. Cheers to these winegrowing brothers and their commitment to quality!