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With 98 Points, this amazing "Baby Amarone" is one of Luca Maroni's "Best Italian Wines" of the vintage. Decanter seems to agree, bestowing 96 points on this outstanding example from the region.
Arduini winery was founded in the 1940s, when Luciano’s grandfather, Gabriele started his business in the small town of “Canal” in Marano Valpolicella.
Luciano Arduini took over his father’s company and followed his example by continuing the tradition and adding modernity along with his own personal vision to the winery. Today, Luciano and his son Andrea work together to grow the vines and make the wine. Their style is a perfect fusion between the traditional and the modern.
Andrea Arduni is a passionate winemaker. He graduated from the best school of enology in Pisa in 2007. He has worked for more than 16 wineries around the world. From Tuscany, Umbria, Campania, Trentino, and Piedmont in Italy, and even outside Italy, in South Africa, Romania, and Greece.
Arduini Winery continues to grow and innovate, following the evolutionary path mapped out over seventy years ago. In 2020, they began producing wine in a new and modern cellar.
Andrea Arduini says, "Our philosophy consists in obtaining a product which is the source of joy, happiness, and friendship; those are the most important principles in our lives."
The winery produces several local varietals including Corvina Veronese, Corvinone, Rondinella, Molinara, and other native grapes. The line includes Valpolicella Classico, Amarone Della Valpolicella, Recioto Della Valpolicella, Valpolicella Classico Superiore, and Grappa di Amarone.
This wine is produced by a method called “Ripasso”.Ripasso is a term that derives from the refermentation of the grapes on the Amarone lees, which gives the wine a deeper color, body, and dried fruit flavors. These wines tend to have a rich, full-bodied, slight sweetness to them.
Aging: The wine ages 12 months, one-third in French barrels, one-third in American barrels, the other third in Slavonian oak barrels, and the rest of the time in bottles.
Tasting Notes: 60% Corvina, 20% Corvinone, 20% Rondinella. Ruby red color with light purple shades. On the nose, fresh, and floral, and featured black cherry and blackberry notes. On the palate, these aromas carry into the mouth. This wine pairs excellent with red, roasted meat and matured cheeses. We love to share this wine during the holidays because it has a magical balance of sweet ripe fruit, balanced alcohol, and an acidity that pairs with so many different foods.
~98 pts "The Best Italian Wines" Luca Maroni
Ripe and bold with a sweet, jammy fruit profile. There are light black cherries intertwined with sweet spices and a precise fruit palate. The mouthfeel is tight, intense, and deep with an oak sheen and a note of peppery development. ~96 Decanter.
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About the Wine
Chateau Saint Pierre dates back to the 17th century. Henri Martin purchased the classified Fourth Growth Medoc estate in 1982. Henri Martin's family has a long history in the Bordeaux region, dating back more than 300 years. Today Chateau Saint Pierre is managed by Jean-Louis Triaud, who also manages Chateau Gloria and owns the Girondins de Bordeaux, the professional football team of Bordeaux.
The majority of their vines are located near the village of Saint Julien not far from Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou which retails for $200 a bottle. On average their vines are 50 years old. Saint-Julien has the highest concentration of cru classés with 11 over 900 hectares.
Chateau Saint Pierre is one of the few classified growths that does not produce a second wine. With complete focus on the Grand Vin and leading the use of technology in winemaking, it is no surprise this Grand Vin hailed a 'Bravo!' from multiple critics. Chateau Saint Pierre Saint-Julien was one of the first estates to use satellite imagery to help identify when parcels are ready to pick.
Aging: 14 to 16 months in French Oak
Tasting Notes: Red Wine. 75% Cabernet Sauvignon 15% Merlot 10% Cabernet Franc. Full-bodied, round, and refined. The nose shows espresso, blackberry, and floral notes.
This 17-hectare estate has been rejuvenated by owner Jean-Louis Triaud and is certainly producing some of the top wines from the appellation today. I tasted the deep, inky-colored 2015 Château Saint-Pierre twice and it’s reminiscent of the 2010, only with more elegance. In 2015 the wine is a blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Merlot, and 6% Cabernet Franc and it spent 14 months in 50% new and 50% once used barrels. Chocolate-covered dark fruits, damp earth, tobacco leaf, and lead pencil shaving-like notes emerge from this huge, concentrated beauty that has building tannin and a huge mid-palate. It’s an incredible wine that builds with time in the glass, has no hard edges, and is going to 3-4 decades of life. Bravo! ~97 Jeb Dunnuck
The 2015 Saint-Pierre offers more fruit on the nose than the Gruaud Larose with quite fabulous blackberry laced with pencil lead and tobacco. There is real joie de vivre and intensity here. The palate is medium-bodied with fine but quite firm tannin, very well balanced and pure with a gentle but insistent, mineral-driven, quite sinewy finish that is an absolute treat. This comes highly recommended. Tasted twice both in London and Bordeaux at the property. Bravo. ~94 Wine Advocate
This wine has a very toasty style, with spice and wood tannins that give an extracted character with some bitterness. That contrasts with the fruit that is developing, and it seems that the wood will integrate over time. Drink from 2025. ~92 Wine Enthusiast