Corte Giara is the negociant label of Allegrini. The wines are made by Allegrini using fruit sourced from outside their own vineyards. They have a similar stamp of quality that sets them apart from most of the Veronese wines produced at this level. As you might expect from Allegrini, the Valpolicella Ripasso and Amarone offer outstanding typicity and quality. The Pinot Grigio is more classic than the Alpha Zeta, but with a similar appeal.
The vineyards are situated in the eastern, morainic hills of Lake Garda with an elevation of 200-250 metres above sea level. The vines are planted with a south/south-west exposure on stony, well drained soils. The vines are trained by the Guyot system, with a plant density of 3,000 vines per hectare. The average age of the vines is 26 years. All this means the fruit produced is concentrated with good depth of varietal character.
The grapes were whole bunch pressed and the must was fermented in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks at 14-15°C for 8-10 days. Partial malolactic fermentation took place in October. The wine spent four months in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks, and a further two months ageing in bottle.
This wine is bright straw yellow in colour with light and delicate aromas showing a lovely Pinot Grigio character. Elegant floral notes are complemented by hints of ripe apples and distinctive herbal and characteristic hazelnut notes. This wine is dry, medium-bodied with a racy acidity and good depth.