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One Case ( 6 Bottles ): £125.58
Country - Italy
Region - Veneto
Grape Varieties - Corvina 45%, Corvinone 40%, Rondinella 15%
Alcohol by volume - 14.5%
Bottle - 75cl
Producer - Ca'rugate
Tasting notes - Intense aromas of black fruit and cherries, combined with a twist of spice from the wood. The palate is mellow, balanced and rounded, complete with elegant tannins and a smooth finish.
Awards 92Pts, James Suckling, 2016
Silver, SWA, 2017
Intense aromas of black cherry tinged with coffee and
liquorice, smooth and elegant with a balanced finish.
The family business has been handed down through the generations of the Tessari
family since the early 1900s. The estate was renamed Ca'Rugate in 1986, taking its
name from the volcanic hills where the vineyards are located. Now run by the fourth
generation, Michele has brought with him a lively, passionate and entrepreneurial
spirit. Considerable expansion has taken place in recent years with investment in a
new technologically advanced cellar and expansion into the Valpolicella area with
the purchase of vineyards in the hilly zone of Montecchia di Crosara. Ca'Rugate has
been awarded the prestigious 'Tre Bicchieri' award rating from Gambero Rosso
multiple times, making it one of the most awarded producers in the competition and
has been hailed by the New York Times as one of the "Top Five producers of high
A wet 2014 provided soil moisture so water stress was not an issue, despite the hot
weather in July 2015. A mild spring enabled good budding and excellent flowering.
June and July were hot, with temperatures in July being the hottest on record for 200
years. Rain and a drop in temperatures in the second half of August provided some
respite. Harvesting took place 10 days earlier than usual with good quality grapes
having reached optimum maturity.
The six hectare Campo Lavei vineyard is situated on the hillsides of Montecchia di
Crosara. The vines are grown in limestone and pebble soils.
At the beginning of October, some of the harvested grapes are set aside to dry in
wooden trays until the end of December. The undried grapes were destemmed and
fermented immediately after the harvest. The dried grapes were added at a later
stage and were allowed to ferment in stainless steel for approximately one week,
prior to pressing, which took place at the end of December. The wine was then
transferred into small barrels to finish fermentation and mature in oak, for a period of
eight to 10 months.
Intense aromas of black fruit and cherries, combined with a twist of spice from the
wood. The palate is mellow, balanced and rounded, complete with elegant tannins
and a smooth finish.
Pair with pasta dishes and meat sauce, grilled or roasted red meat, game or
medium aged cheeses.
Corvina 45%, Corvinone 40%, Rondinella 15%
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