Monte del Fra Tenuta Lena di Mezzo Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2008
By Wine Enthusiast
Monte del Frá 2008 Tenuta Lena di Mezzo Red (Amarone della Valpolicella Classico)
Designation: Tenuta Lena di Mezzo
Varietal: Corvina, Rondinella, Molinara, Italian Red
Appellation: Amarone della Valpolicella Classico, Veneto, Italy
Winery: Monte del Frá
Production: 2,500 cases
Bottle Size: 750.00 ml
Importer: Votto Vines Importing
In Magazine: 11/1/2012
By Monica Larner
This dark, brawny expression doles out lavish aromas of smoked bacon, black olive, molasses, maple syrup and rich blackberry preserves. It’s spicy and rich, but also tart and crisp. Those contrasting elements give it a sweet and sour feeling. (11/1/2012) -90
By Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Amarone Classico Della Valpolicella DOC
2008 Monte del Fra Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Lena di Mezzo
A Proprietary Blend Dry Red Table wine from
Fumane, Classico, Valpolicella, Veneto, Italy
Source: eRobertParker.com #209 Oct 2013
Reviewer: Monica Larner
Maturity: Drink: 2015-2022
Current (Release) Cost: $50 (50)
The 2008 Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Lena di Mezzo opens to inky, black consistency and chewy flavors of ripe fruit, prune, spice cake and candied plum. The wine feels exceedingly plump and soft in the mouth. What it lacks in complexity, it makes up for in terms of consistency and length of mouth feel. The long finish is smooth and velvet-like
80% Corvina veronese e Corvinone, 20% Rondinella.
Location and Characteristics of the Vineyard
Lena di Mezzo is an entirely terraced estate of 17.8 hectares that lies in the heart of Fumane, a splendid hilly zone with tufaceous, clay and limestone soils, in which we have sought to express to the full the interdependence between the terroir and the indigenous grape varieties that are the unique heritage of the area around Verona.
250/350 metres above sea level.
Training System and Plant Density
Only the Pergola training system is used. The choice of this training system was made to allow the Corvina Veronese and Corvinone grape varieties to have perfect exposure to the sun. Depending on the vintage, between 10% and 20% of the total production is specially selected and picked by hand: only the ripest, loosely packed bunches are chosen for drying.
The grapes are picked around mid-October, after they have just started to dry on the vine. This drying process then continues in crates in a special drying area, under controlled conditions of humidity and at natural winter temperatures for 90-120/130 days, until the concentration of sugars in the grapes has reached at least 28%-30%.
Gentle crushing and destemming of the grapes takes place, depending on the vintage, between the end of January and late February, and fermentation in small, temperature-controlled truncated cone-shaped stainless steel vats is started off by indigenous yeasts that really highlight the specific organoleptic qualities of the grapes from Fumane. The fermentation is a slow one, with long maceration on the skins in order to allow for maximum extraction of the typical complex aromatic and polyphenolic components. Following the alcoholic fermentation and the malolactic fermentation which is carried out in stainless steel tanks, the wine spends at least 24 months in 20 to 30-hectolitre oak barrels before bottling. It then spends a period of at least 8 months in bottle before being released for sale.
Total Acidity: 5.50 gr/lt
Serving Temperature: 16-18 °C
Organoleptic Description: A dry red wine.
Colour: Deep ruby red with garnet highlights.
Nose: Cherries (both fresh and under spirits), plums and liquorice; spices such as pepper and cinnamon; hints of undergrowth.
Flavour: Extremely elegant, well-balanced and velvety, but at the same time robust and complex, dry, full-bodied, generous and austere.
It is incomparable with braised meats or roast game and with very mature, piquant cheeses. Excellent with raw tuna, sushi and with Thai, Vietnamese and Indian cuisine. Try sipping it, too, on its own, outside the context of a meal.