Fumanelli Wine Dinner with Special Guest Armando Fumanelli

Monday, November 4, 2019 - 07:30 PM

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“Sometimes it would be nice to just have some red wine with dinner, but it’s not worth the risk. I have a great life, a great situation. Why would I want to risk self-destructive behavior?”

Kristin Davis


If wine with dinner is destructive then I am a wrecking ball!!  We rarely open on Monday nights at the Wine Bar but for our friends from Italy like Armando Fumanelli we are happy to host an event any night of the week. 

I love Italian wines.  It is hard to believe that when I bought the store 21 years ago we only had 4 different Italian labels on the shelf.  Today, we have one of the greatest collections of Barolos, Barbarescos, Super Tuscans, Chianti, and of course Amarone available not only in South Florida but anywhere in the world!

The wines of Marchesi Fumanelli were introduced to me through a good friend when he brought a magnum of the 2003 Fumanelli Amarone Octavius to our Dal Forno Romano Amarone tasting.  Although these wines are very different in style, the Fumanelli Amarone Octavius was impressive next to the most famous wines of the land of many cellars, Valpolicella.  So from that date on I was on a quest to learn more about Fumanelli and all the other wines that they produce and although I had never had their wines I learned that this is one of the oldest and most important estates in the region.
The Marchesi Fumanelli family has cultivated grapes and produced wines from their estate for 28 generations dating back to 1470. They deftly combine traditional and modern techniques to produce authentic expressions of their distinctive terroir. Fumanelli is one of the region’s largest and most historic family owned wineries, having 78 acres of exclusively estate grown fruit within the walls of their ancient property, located eight miles from Verona. The Squarano estate is situated in the heart of Valpolicella, on a gentle hilltop surrounded by vineyards, cherry, and cypress trees.
Tonight, we will taste through a selection of Marchesi Fumanelli's wines with the 28th generation of the family, Armando Fumanelli will be here to guide us through the tasting and tell us more about these magical wines from the valley of many cellars. The price of this event is $125 per person + tax.  For reservations call 954-523-9463 or e-mail andy@winewatch.com.

Fumanelli Wine Dinner with Special Guest Armando Fumanelli
Monday, November 4, 2019
7:30 PM


Fumanelli Terso Bianco Veneto IGT 2014
Price: $37.25       Your Price: $32.78

Golden green, with hints of white acacia blossoms and honey on the nose. Intense perfume of fresh apricots, green apple and perennial herbs such as mint and eucalyptus. Tangy acidity plays off of the silky texture, joined by flavors of green apple, fennel seed, white peach, tangerine and almond.  This is a lively white, enveloped by sweet tannins and lingering nut and anise tinged finish.  Grape Varieties: 50% Garganega, 50% Trebbiano Toscano

Fumanelli Valpolicella DOC Classico Superiore 2015
List Price: $26.00               Your Price: $22.88
Wine Watch Tasting Notes:  A ripe and juicy red, balanced by tangy acidity and flavors of candied currant, cherry and blackberry with hints of vanilla dried herbs and tea leaf. Mouth watering finish, a wine of great structure and elegance. Grape Varieties: 40% Corvina, 40% Corvinone, 20% Rondinella Very Good +

Hand harvested and selected from 30-40 year old pergola and 8-10 year old guyot vines on the Squarano Estate. Wine harvest is done by careful hand selection when the grapes are mature around the end of September/mid-October. Refinement takes place for 8-10 months in French barriques followed by a minimum of 3 months in the bottle.




Fumanelli Squarano Valpolicella DOC Classico 2012
List Price: $67.50               Your Price: $59.40

Grape variety: Corvina Veronese 40%, Corvinone 40%, Rondinella 20%
Harvest: The grapes are hand cropped, at best maturation stage. Part of the grapes, about 30%, are let to dry in plateaux for 30/40 days during October/November.
Vinification: Vinification occurs separately with the wine-maker system.
Aging: The wine stays for 14-15 month in French barriques and for at least 6 months in bottles for a further maturation
Intense ruby red with violet reflexes, pronounced and characteristic bouquet of mature red fruits such as cherries and wild berries with a slightly spicy note.
Fumanelli Amarone Della Valpolicella DOC Classico 2015
Price: $82.50       Your Price: $72.60

Vinification: The grapes are left to rest on the plateaux for 120 days with consequent drying and concentration of all the elements. The wine making takes place with the greatest respect for the grapes using a combination of traditional and innovative techniques. The grapes are de-stemmed and soft pressed in January. A maceration of 25 days follows with daily periodic pump overs. Fermentation takes place in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks.
Ageing: Refinement takes place for 30 months in French oak tonneaux and a further 8 months in the bottle
Tasting notes: Intense garnet red.Perfume of ripe fruits with a hint of small red berries blending into each other in a sweet vanilla flavoured note, lightly spicy with nutmeg. Full bodied and warm on the palate, soft and perfectly balanced.
Wine Watch Review:  Pretty dried cherry and red plum fruit with pretty dried flowers, a bit of that fresh clay like mineraliity and red licorice spice.  Plump ripe cherry berry fruit on the tongue with silky smooth tannins and that exotic spice and clay like minerality through the finish, fine tannins.  finish 45+    Excellent +
“Octavius” Riserva Amarone Della Valpolicella DOC 2012
List Price: $150.00             Your Price: $132.00
VINEYARD PROFILE: From grapes growing on the Squarano Estate The vines are 40 years on average and grow with the traditional Pergola system. The grapes are carefully hand selected and then placed into the traditional wooden plateaux and left to rest for 120 days with drying and concentration of all the elements. TASTING NOTES: An intense ruby red with slightly brick colored reflexes. Typical nose of cherries under spirit and sweet notes of vanilla, spiced with nutmeg and cocoa. Full bodied and warm on the palate, soft yet powerful and incredibly long lasting. HARVEST NOTES: The wine making takes place with the greatest respect for the grapes using a combination of traditional and innovative techniques. The grapes are de-stemmed and soft pressed in January, maceration with daily periodic pump overs follow for 30 days. Fermentation takes place in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks. Refinement takes place for 48 months in French oak 500 Litre tonneaux and barriques and a further 8 - 12 months in the bottle. Alc. 16 % vol.

Selection of Charcuterie and Cheese
Tuna Tartar with grilled wild Mushrooms and Lavender Aioli
Amarone Risotto with fresh shaved Reggiano Parmesan
Bacon Fat Seared Venison Chop with Blueberry Amarone Demi Glaze and Blue Cheese Flan
Chocolate Covered Bacon and Berries

The fee for this tasting which includes Dinner is $125 + tax, for reservations call 954-523-9463 or e-mail andy@winewatch.com

A bit about Marchesi Fumanelli:

Located in the Lessini Mountains, northwest of Verona and east of Lake Garda, the Valpolicella district features a series of verdant valleys and steep, vine-covered ridges. Viticulture and winemaking in the region dates back to the Bronze Age. The Marchesi Fumanelli family has been vinifying wines in the Veneto since 1470. Today, they are the region’s largest and most important landholder. The winery is located on the Squarano Estate near the village of San Floriano in the heart of the Valpolicella district. This ancient site, cultivated by the Romans more than 2,000 years ago, possesses many archeological remains including the vestiges of a temple dedicated to the goddess Flora.

The vineyards of the Squarano Estate are planted on southeast facing hillsides at altitudes ranging from 95 to 450 feet. Soils are a mixture of lime and clay at the foot of the hill and chalky clay in the higher elevations. The Estate’s vineyards are quite mature with an average vine age of 40-50 years. Varieties planted include Corvina, Corvinone, Rondinella and Molinari with small amounts of Garanega and Trebbiano. The trellising features the traditional Veronese pergola and spalliera systems with vines closely spaced at 2,500 per hectare. Yields are kept low the overall average is 50 hectoliters per hectare with many blocks producing fewer the 25.

Marchesi Fumanelli is a family owned and managed winery currently managed by Armando Fumanelli. In his role as Proprietor and CEO of Marchesi Fumanelli, Armando leads his experienced team with the goal of deftly combining traditional and modern techniques to produce authentic expression of their distinctive terroir.

Prior to joining Marchesi Fumanelli in 1998, Armando completed a Political Sceince degree in Switzerland and subsequently spent several years working for the Italian Embassy in several East African and Middle Eastern countries.

Since joining his historic family winery, Armando has overseen the restructuring and replanting of the wine cellars and vineyards to bring the Squarano Estate back to its splendor and glamour of past centuries. Marchesi Fumanelli wines are the reference point for Pedigree and Provenance in the heart of Valpolicella.

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