Corte Sant’ Alda is fast becoming one of the top-flight producers of Valpolicella and Amarone. It is owned by Marinella Camerani and is named after her daughter, Alda. Marinella has 15 hectares of certified organic vineyards located in the foothills of the Lessini Mountains, near the town of Mezzane, about 30km north-east of Verona.
Each wine at Corte Sant’Alda comes from a specific vineyard, chosen according to the specific grape variety, the vine’s age and the preferred training system – so as to ensure a well-defined quality.
More than any other wine, Recioto demands research and experimentation. Changes in the countryside and in the cellars, however large or small, first involve this wine.
Corte Sant’Alda presents a fine 2011 Recioto della Valpolicella with lingering tones of spice, mesquite and saddle leather that mingle with brighter aromas of candied cherry and blackberry syrup. The wine is dense and thick, with high levels of dry extract. It sits heavy on the palate. There’s a note of sour astringency that stills needs to settle. Drink 2015-2020. [88 points, Monica Larner – October 2013, robertparker.com]