Founded by Giacomo Tommasi in 1902, Tommasi has grown to be the largest family-owned vineyard estate in the Valpolicella Classica, owning 105 hectares and an additional 15 hectares in the Lugana DOC. Tommasi is located in Pedemonte in the heart of the historic ‘Classico’ region, from which the best quality wines are produced. The estate is owned and managed by the fourth generation of the Tommasi family, with six family members working together in harmony. Pierangelo manages the UK market, while winemaker, Giancarlo prefers to stay close the vineyards and winery.
The grapes for the Recioto come from the one hectare single vineyard ‘Fiorato’. The vineyard are situated at 290-330m with south/south west exposure. The soils are clay and loam of volcanic origin. The vines using the traditional pergola training at a density of 3,500 vines per hectare.
The best bunches are carefully selected and hand-picked. They are then laid out in boxes of 5-6 kg and naturally dried in the fruttaio (a large room with natural air circulation) for five months. After the ‘appasimento’ or drying process, the grapes are gently pressed the following January. A skin maceration and alcoholic fermentation in wooden vats follows lasting 30 days at 26-28°C. After fermentation, the wine is matured for 12 months in French oak barrels before bottling.
Deep ruby in colour, Fiorato is very elegant and complex wine with rich notes of fruit preserved in alcohol. Cherry is at the forefront, accompanied by hints of vanilla and sweet spices. On the palate it is broad and harmonious, with well-balanced sweetness and a persistent finish.
Mature or blue cheese, dark chocolate desserts or almond cake.
Serve at 16-18°C.
Valpolicella Classico, Veneto
65% Corvina Veronese