The Fumane Valley opens wide and flat, surrounded by hills densely planted with vines, and then suddenly tightens as it climbs up towards Lessinia, revealing a panorama that’s almost isolated from viticulture. Franco Scamperle’s Le Salette is situated in the old town center, almost protected by the hill occupied by vineyards and a few cypresses. The estate unfolds throughout the area, as well as in nearby San Floriano and Sant’Ambrogio, and provides all the grapes necessary for production. Only a few wines were presented this year, with the Amarone remaining to rest in the cellar in search of greater expressiveness. The Recioto Pergole Vece ’17 offers up vibrant notes of super-ripe cherry and spices on the nose, sensations that seem to fade, leaving room for fine herbs and mineral hints. In the mouth its bursting sweetness never dominates, but is functional to a sapid and juicy palate of great pleasure.