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 Tommasi family’s vineyards at Sirmione, planted with high-density, Guyot-trained vines. One parcel of vines is on limestone-based soil,
with varied stratification and a substantial clay content; the other two have a sandier composition and are rich in loam. The grapes selected from the clayey soil bring body and structure; the sandy soil, on the other hand, gives aromatics and elegance.
After manual harvesting and the selection of the finest bunches, a delicate, soft pressing of the whole clusters takes place. There is a strict vinification protocol: fermentation in stainless steel tanks for 10/12 days then the 25% refines in 500 L French oak barrels and 75% in stainless
steel tanks for 18 months, before being blended together, bottled, and kept for a further six months in bottle.
Brilliant golden highlights characterize this harmonious wine, along with its intense, evolved aromas. The rich bouquet blends together fresh, mineral notes with those of ripe yellow fruit, and the concentrated flavor combines floral and citrusy sensations with delicate honeyed notes and an elegant aftertaste of vanilla and walnuts. The finish is long and mouth-filling,intriguing and persistent.
It may be enjoyed simply enhancing the typical flavours of Lake Garda: some toasted bread drizzled with a little extra virgin olive oil and aromatized with grated lemon zest, basil leaves and a few olives. Its rich flavor suggests pairing it – apart from with freshwater fish – with pasta
dishes, moderately mature cheeses, and also meat main courses.
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