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Raimondi Villa Monteleone
Featured Wine (s): Amarone
|The Villa Monteleone winery is
the dream of Chicago neurosurgeon Anthony John Raimondi and his Colombian
wife Lucia. The couple moved to Italy 16 years ago, first to Liguria, then
Tuscany, finally settling in the Veneto, at the end of the 1980’s. They had
the immense fortune of stumbling upon the Villa Monteleone, a villa and wine
cellar from the XVII century and immediately fell in love. They sought
advice from highly regarded French and Italian winemakers, but also the
council of the locals as they wished to produce absolutely typical products
of the region. They began to cultivate 8 hectares of vineyards and re-equip
the cellars. They produced their first vintage of 3,000 bottles in 1989.
Today the cellar produces about 45,000 bottles of all the typical wines of
Valpolicella. Mr. Raimondi, who was affectionately known as "The Professor"
by the locals, passed away in 2000. The estate is currently owned by Marco,
Paolo and Laura and the winemaking tradition is carried on by Lucia.
The wines are described by Gambero Rosso as having "elegance,
charm and a strong link with the past" that stylistically "hover somewhere
between tradition and modernity".
Journal entries: Date, Wine,
Rating, Price, Comments
|March 15 - Raimondi
Valpolicella 2001- RM 83 $45 - A bit funky with a musty wet earth nose
and dirty mushroom taste that overshadows the over-ripe raisin blackberry
taste. Tasted w/ Dr. Dan at the United Center Stadium Club.
|Jan 2, 2004 - Raimondi Villa
Monteleone Campo San Paolo Amarone della Valpolicella Classico DOC 1995
RM 92 $59 (Sam's) $82.50 (Winelist) Huge nose and flavor of rich super
ripe raisiny currant and mineral with a long full finish that is full of
mineral with hints of eucalyptus. Full rich fruit reflects vinification
process of aging and drying the fruit for full ripeness. Tasted at the
Vivere dining room in Chicago's Italian Village. We then found this wine at
Sam's Wine Warehouse. Enjoyed with Linda, Erin & Chris after visiting Manet
and the Sea exhibit at Art Institute of Chicago.