Corte Sant’Alda winery
Corte Sant’Alda is a splendid Mezzane di Sotto winery, in the heart of eastern Valpolicella. One of the most innovative because it has looked back to understand its roots in order to move forward. Corte Sant’Alda is a farm made primarily of people and not just of cherry trees, woods, vineyards, and olive trees for a total of 40 hectares. It is a successful attempt to collect their land’s inheritance and transform it into life, into real wine, into everyday work, and to offer bottles with distinct personalities.
Everything is in perfect harmony, according to a project of sustainability and respect for the territory that should be taken as an example. And we hope it opens the road to renewal in Valpolicella. Land of poignant beauty, where we can find great wines, but which are often characterized by exceptional concentration, rather than finesse and typicality.
Philosophy of Corte Sant’Alda winery
Let’s start from the vineyards, the heart of the Sant’Alda project. The vineyards are on a terrace at a height of 300 meters, the soils are calcareous, and only small quantities of sulfur are used for the treatments. Copper has been banned for years and selected yeasts
are not used to start fermentation. The phases of the moon are observed and followed during the winemaking process. We could call it a return to elder wisdom.
The result is amazing. The wines made by Marinella Camerani (at last, we meet the hostess!) speak the language of this land without hesitation. Each plot is followed with meticulous care, just check the map on the cellar website with all the details on each plot: they are a kind of a life diary of each vineyard.
Style of Sant’Alda winery wines
It is difficult to talk about style and technique, when in reality we are faced with a manifestation of great sensitivity for the land, of empathy for wine. As natural as the wines are, there is not the slightest trace of reductions and oxidations. They do indeed flow with a crystal-clear elegance, full of expressiveness and depth, that captures your attention from the moment you immerse yourself in the glass. When making a hard wine like Amarone della Valpolicella, there should be less concentration and more finesse and typicality.
Amarone della Valpolicella
Dense, hypnotic color. Intoxicating nose with a warm fruit that marries returns of mint, tea, cardamom perfectly melted in a spicy symphony. If the nose was clean in the mouth, it is warm, broad, but very tasty, and agile despite being sumptuous as only Amarone can be. Marked by powerful but fine tannins. A great Amarone that combines balance, charm and a rare gustatory dynamics for such rich wines. Suggested pairings: chicken with chestnuts, Amarone risotto, lasagna alla Bolognese.
Valpolicella Superiore Mithas
Garnet color. It opens with typical notes of plum, violet, licorice perfectly declined. Sweet spices are lost in an undergrowth of light and shadow. On the palate, it is sculpted, without edges, but fresh and sturdy. Powerful yet fine structure with modulated tannins, well blended. Good balance, clean finish, mineral, balsamic. Suggested food pairings: pork shank, Peking duck, bigoli with duck ragout.
Valpolicella Superiore Campi Magri
A cascade of black cherries, a warm and enveloping fruit with suggestions of iris, juniper, and delicate earthy notes. This is the first approach, but it is when you go to the tasting that the wine shows all its typicality with warmth and freshness change of pace. Smooth tannins, balanced, good salty progression and proper softness. Food matching: with lamb chops, fillet with green pepper.
Valpolicella Ca Fiui
Shiny ruby. The nose offers a classic picture, measured with nifty scents of black cherries, pepper, iron, and traces of undergrowth. Dry and candid mouth, shaped by a freshness that tickles the palate. Lively tannins and good harmony. Suggested food pairings: mushroom lasagna, risotto with eel, cold cuts with flatbread.
Soave Vigne di Mezzane
Golden yellow color. It has an intriguing nose with melon, peach and exotic fruit that are intertwined with clear zippy floral echoes. Peppery background with traces of dried fruit and honey. It caresses the palate with good softness and it moves rapidly, driven by a freshness that makes the wine pleasant. There is no lack of balance and minerality, indeed a nice wine. Suggested food pairings: chow mein, Gragnano spaghetti with sea urchins, dim sum, sea carbonara.
Recioto della Valpolicella
We end sweetly with Recioto. Ruby heart with purple reflections. Opulent nose with mature fragrances of prunes in alcohol, cinchona, chocolate, coffee and star anise in the background. In the mouth, it is soft, sweet and well balanced between freshness, roundness, and tannins without being banal.