Fasoli Gino DOC Valpolicella Classico La Corte del Pozzo
When you first taste this wine you are struck by its strength and liveliness, then after a while it develops and the harmony between the tannins and acidity integrates with the mature fruit giving it a touch of roundness. The perfume is characterised by red fruit notes and berry jam, with a light vanilla note. The taste is dry, velvet like, medium-bodied and well-balanced.
This wonderful, organic Valpolicella is made from the traditional Corvina and Rondinella grapes, some of which have been dried to concentrate the sugars and aromatics. The fresh grapes are fermented in stainless steel vats while the dried grapes are fermented separately in wooden barrels. The wine can be cellared for up to five years from the vintage.
Fasoli Gino turned to organic viticulture in 1980 and since 1984 all of their land has been farmed organically. The nature of the land (partly clay and partly a mix of stones and sand), and the favourable microclimate (the wide and sunny valley, protected from the north by the Lessini mountains) make the area particularly suitable for vine growing. Currently the estate is cultivating 14 hectares of vineyards divided into seven parts: Casétta, Cassòla, Creàri, Pessétta, Perantònie, Orgno and Sànde. The type of land varies from one vineyard to the other, which has helped determine which varietals should be planted. In the clay soil there are 30–40 year old garganega vines, traditionally used for Soave wine. Where the soil is stony and sandy, some clones of chardonnay, merlot and pinot noir have been planted. The meticulous viticultural practices include: grass grown under the vines; manuring with bovine dung; balanced pruning to guarantee a low yield; parasite control using natural products and predators, and hand picking done at different times to select grapes at their optimum ripening point. The vinification is carried out with the use of modern technology whilst respecting the criteria of organic production.