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Amarone is a dry Italian wine made from partially dried grapes of the Molinara, Rondinella, and Corvina varietals. The wine is very ripe, raisiny, and full bodied with little acidity. The alcohol content can be a bit high around 15% and that makes for the wines late release which is usually five years after the vintage. The process of making Amarone is very laborious which gives value to the wine. Amarone is loved by many and is considered one of Italy’s treasures. The name is easy to pronounce and is usually produced in the area of Veneto. Amarone comes from the word amaro which in Italian means “bitter”. Some say that the first Amarone made was a mistake by a winemaker who left the wine to ferment too long. Amarone della Valpolicella, and Recioto della Valpolicella are both wines made in that region. Amarone wines are robust and go well with some games and hearty meats. They are full bodied with aromas of cherries, plum, spice, licorice, cocoa and vanilla. The grapes go through a drying process before being pressed. Amarones are more expensive than other wines because it takes more grapes and there is more labor involved during production.
93 points - Wine Enthusiast: "Fragrant and intense, Bertani's 2003 Amarone delivers enticing aromas of spice, cola, mature berry fruit and smoke. You'll feel the power in the mouth-although the wine's alcohol is beautifully integrated and a long, satisfying finish."
This is Righetti's reserve Amarone. The name "Capitel de'Roari" is derived from the local way to say "many oaks" and refers to the various plots of vineyards where grapes are obtained for the famous "Capitel de'Roari" Amarone Classico. The vineyards, which are situated on the finest hills of the Valpolicella Classico, are well cultivated, limited in production and high in quality. The land, rich in clay and sun, is a key element that encourages concentration of sugar and flavour.
92 Points - Wine Spectator: "Ripe, sweet fruit flavors of damson plum and black cherry mix with lively acidity and accents of date, spice box, mineral and fresh earth, while layered tannins add muscle to this elegant red. Drink now through 2025. 10,400 cases made."
94 Points - Wine Enthusiast: "One of the best Amarones available, Campo dei Gigli is a powerhouse wine with loads of luscious berry intensity followed by a mixed box of Indian spice. Ground clove, cardamom and cinnamon all play a role in the beautiful bouquet and these aromas are matched by a succulent, rich mouthfeel." 92 points - Wine Advocate "The 2005 Amarone della Valpolicella Campo dei Gigli is a dark, brooding wine bursting with smoke, melted road tar, minerals, violets and black cherries, all of which are woven into a sumptuous, head-spinning frame. The wine offers exceptional length and a refined finish, where notes of coffee and mocha add further complexity. This is a superb effort from Tenuta Sant'Antonio. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2020."
89 Points - The Wine Advocate: "The 2005 Amarone della Valpolicella is a wine of contrasts. There is plenty of intensity and depth to the fruit, yet at the same time some rough edges detract from the overall balance. Licorice, black cherries, leather and tobacco inform the slightly volatile finish. With a little more polish this could be a significantly better wine. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2020." -Antonio Galloni, February 29, 2012 90 Points - Wine Spectator: "Notes of black cherry, damson plum preserves and violet are underscored by iron and mineral flavors. The tannins are lightly chewy, balanced for just enough grip, ending with hints of chocolate and loam." -Alison Napjus, August 31, 2011
93 Points - Wine Enthusiast: "Aged in traditional oak casks for six long years, Bertani's beautiful 2004 Amarone delivers the best of Valpolicella. It shows beautiful complexity and elegance that is articulated by tobacco, brown sugar, cassis and sweet tobacco flavors. There's substance and length on the close with a delicately smoky aftertaste." - M.L.
90 Points - Wine Enthusiast: "Veins of sweet cinnamon and chocolate run through the body of this thick, concentrated wine. Exceedingly soft and supple, it has penetrating endnotes of cherry preserves, blackberry pie and Middle Eastern spice." winemaker's notes: A ruby red color with garnet reflections. Clear and transparent. A fresh bouquet with clear notes of cherry and currants. Good body, well-balanced and harmonic structure. The after-taste confirms the characteristics of the bouquet. Cellar for up to five years. alcohol by volume: 16.0%
Aristocratic Amarone is one of the jewels of Italian winemaking. Bolla Amarone is deep garnet, velvety-red in color with aromas of wild-cherry jam, spice and cedar notes. The finish is long, round and persistent with cacao and spices.
95 Points - Wine Spectator: "Tar and leather notes, with dense tannins, frame and focus this powerful red, which is layered with subtle hints of kirsch, coffee liqueur, dried herbs and grilled nuts. It's tightly meshed right now, but with a seamlessness that creates an overall elegant style-the proverbial iron fist in a velvet glove. The very long finish echoes smoke and kirsch notes. Best from 2015 through 2032. 500 cases made." winemaker's notes: Strong garnet red color, sometimes with orange nuances due to maturation. This wine has a very clean bouquet, with notes of undergrowth, sour black cherry, plum preserved in alcohol, spicy cinnamon and slight pepper, licorice and old leather. A robust and complex body, it reminds you of all its scents. Very well-balanced and slightly tannic. alcohol by volume: 15.4%