The 2013 Cesari Jema is a bright purple-red color. The wine releases a bouquet of red fruits and cherry macerated with slightly toasted notes with hints of cocoa and coffee. The taste is soft, full and harmonious, of excellent length and persistence. It goes perfectly with game, grilled meat and on a spit as well as with very mature cheeses.
RP 93 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Now with some perspective, you can appreciate the historic importance of this wine. This bottling from Cesari gave us one of our first tastes of the Corvina grape in a single-variety wine, and many other producers have followed in these footsteps since. The 2013 Corvina Jèma sees a very light appassimento of just 20 days, nonetheless resulting in a bold and full-bodied red wine with thick layers of black fruit and spice at its core. The wine is aged in French barrique for 18 months and is then transferred into large oak cask for a little relaxation time lasting six months. This latter phase works toward the seamless integration you taste here, with soft tannins, dark fruit, some sweetness and a much-needed spot of acidity. You get a lot of Valpolicella intensity here for a reasonable price.
JS 91 James Suckling
This shows some nice tertiary development on the nose with spice box, tobacco, licorice and Indian spices. Medium to full body, some tightly wound tannins and a fine finish. A subtle and savory wine.
Cesari was founded in 1936 by Gerardo Cesari who set out to produce an Amarone capable of competing with the great red wines of the world. Joined by his son Franco in the early 1960s, operations were expanded in an effort to conquer the export market. As one of the first Italian wines to be exported to all five continents, the Cesari name quickly became synonymous with Amarone the world round.
The winery continues to evolve while staying true to its regional roots. Franco’s children, Gerardo and Deborah, have joined their father in upholding the pillars of traditional winemaking while introducing innovative technology at their two state-of-the-art cellars.
Their estate holdings include more than 100 hectares of hillside vineyards located in premier sites in the Valpolicella appellation, including 3 single vineyards, primarily in the historic Classico area. An additional 10 hectares of 100% estate-managed vineyards under long-term lease are located throughout the Veneto region. All are primarily planted to indigenous varietals, with a small percentage of international grapes, carefully harvested by hand ensuring that only the best grapes are selected. In recent years, Cesari has adopted environmentally sustainable growing practices. Focused on quality, Cesari extensively ages their wines beyond the DOCG regulations.
The Cesari portfolio is comprised of unique, elegant, and balanced appellation wines renowned for authenticity, respected for regional character, and distinguished for superior quality.