Santi traces its origins to 1843, when Carlo Santi established a wine cellar in Illasi, near Verona and Lake Garda. The original winery has been renovated, and it comprises the winery and aging cellar on the plain below Castello d’Illasi, the ruins of a medieval fortress. Here, it’s as if outmoded winemaking methods have lost a key battle against new methods and progressive thinking about winemaking’s place in the surrounding environment.
Santi Valpolicella Solane
Santi Valpolicella Classico Superiore is a "ripasso" method Valpolicella; meaning that following primary fermentation the wine sees a second fermentation with the addition of Amarone grapes and skins, creating a richer, more complex and more exciting final wine.
Santi Solane is sourced from estate vineyards within the original Valpolicella appellation of Valpolicella Classico. A method called ‘rigoverno,’ similar to ‘ripasso,’ is used whereby 20% of grapes at harvest are dried for two months then added to the still wine, prompting an additional fermentation. This imparts rich raisin, and dried fruit flavors and a chewy mouthfeel without heaviness, as in the Valpolicella ‘Solane,’ showing fresh red berry, anise and herb aromas and clean, crisp black cherry flavors on the palate with linear acidity and soft tannins. The ‘Solane’ Valpolicella and ‘Monteforte’ Soave wines are exceptional values in their categories. Santi Solane has an intense bouquet of cloves, vanilla, cherry jam and almonds. In the mouth, the wine is full, warm and harmonious, with an elegant finish.
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The basic Valpolicella wine that has been fermented in Autumn is then put over these Recioto and Amarone skins that, being still full of un-fermented sugars, start a second fermentation. These skins still contain aromatic compounds, tannins, etc. that thanks to this second, short fermentation are transferred to the simple Valpolicella wine. Ripasso is an Italian word meaning “review“, “go over again“.
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