Valpolicella Superiore D.O.C. Ca’ del Laito 2002
Grape mix: 40% Corvina, Corvinone, 45% Rondinella, 15% Molinara
The Ca’ del Laito bottling is sourced from a range of vineyards in the area of Montecchio di Negrar. The vineyards are Coste (planted in 2015), Senge (planted in 2000), Cain (planted in 2005), Coare Longhe e Giulia (planted from 1990-2000) and, starting with the 2020 vintage, from Trapola (planted from 1940 to 1990!).
Expositions range from Southwest to Southeast. Elevations range from 420 to 450 meters in elevation.
Coste – Basaltic Clay Senge – Basaltic Clay Cain – Clay Coare Longhe e Giulia – Clay & Limestone Trapola – Clay iwth Volcanic Sediment.
Hand harvested from younger vines ranging from 5 to 30 years old.
After harvest in mid October, the wine ferments in stainless steel. In February and March they pass the wine over the pressed grapes used to make their Amarone.
Aged for 23-24 months in third passage oak – 50% barriques and 50% 12-25 hectoliter botti grandi.
Ca’del Laito was a place-name for a vineyard that straddles the ridge above Quintarelli. Tommaso purchased the vineyard (and the little workhouse there) from Masi in 2002.
Wine Spectator – “This is high-toned, with floral and spice aromatics and a core of macerated cherry, dark chocolate and medicinal herb flavors. The finish is grippy providing a pleasing counterpoint to the silky mouthfeel and juicy acidity. Drink now through 2025. 25,000 cases made, 5,000 cases imported.” (90 Pts)