Review: 2015 Tenuta Sant’Antonio Monti Garbi Valpolicella and Monti Amarone
Tenuta Sant’Antonio produces traditional wines in Italy’s Veneto region. Officially established in 1995 by the Castagnedi brothers, the winery’s focus is on Amarone, a wine unique to this region made through the appassimento method, which involves partially drying of grapes (boosting their intensity) before refermenting them on the lees (or skins) of a previous wine production.
We tasted two wines from Sant’Antonio, its full Amarone and a more budget-friendly Ripasso, which is made through the same process.
2015 Tenuta Sant’Antonio Monti Garbi Valpolicella Ripasso Supierore DOC – “70% Corvina and Corvinone, 20% Rondinella, 10% Croatina and Oseleta.” Refermented on Amarone skins. Lushly fruity up front, with notes of perfumy blackberry and raspberry, the wine settles into a groove that finds notes of sweet spices, gingerbread, and a finish that is a bit pruny at times, pushy with almost cloying notes of dried fruit and notes of milk chocolate. B / $20
2015 Tenuta Sant’Antonio Monti Amarone della Valpolicella DOCG – 70% Corvina, 20% Rondinella, 5% Croatina, and 5% Oseleta. On the thin side for an Amarone, with a sharper, fresh-fruit character in place of the usual dense raisin and heavy earth-driven notes. That said, the bold cherry and raspberry notes are pushed through a licorice character, with a moderate spice character lingering on the finish. Unfortunately the rather weak body can’t prop all of this up, filtering everything through a somewhat tepid, lightly watery lens. It ultimately has the flavor of Amarone, but not quite the soul. B / $45