We are thrilled to unveil our updated Amarone Wine Tasting, featuring a selection of new and amazing Amarone wines that we have recently discovered. Building upon the success of our previous flights, we have scoured the Valpolicella region to uncover hidden gems that showcase the true essence of Amarone.
Prepare to be captivated by the distinctive character of each of the five Amarone wines in this flight. We have carefully curated this collection, ensuring that each wine represents the epitome of Amarone craftsmanship and offers a unique tasting experience. From the picturesque hillside vineyards to sustainable family-run wineries, we have handpicked these wines to showcase the diversity and excellence of Amarone.
“Amarone della Valpolicella” Wine Flight
Let’s take a closer look at each wine, as we prepare to embark on this remarkable tasting journey:
- Amarone della Valpolicella DOCG Classico “Sant’Urbano” by Speri: Grown on the picturesque hillside of Monte Sant’Urbano, these grapes bask in optimal sunlight, enhancing their exceptional complexity. After aging for a total of 42 months, with 24 months in French oak tonneaux and 18 months in Slavonian oak casks, this wine undergoes an additional year of maturation in the bottle. The result is an extraordinary wine with a robust structure and an elegant character. Its tasting notes include sour cherry jam, dried rose and cinnamon, with a finish of coffee and rhubarb. Adorned in a deep garnet red, it captivates both the eyes and the palate.
- Amarone della Valpolicella DOCG “Selezione Antonio Castagnedi” by Tenuta Sant’Antonio: This wine hails from grapes grown in the Comune di Mezzane di Sotto, in a soil rich in limestone and gravel. Carefully tended vines, 20-25 years old, produce low yields of exceptional grapes. Aged for 24 months in new French oak tonneaux, this Amarone exudes the essence of ripe red fruit and presents spicy aromas of licorice, pepper, and black and chocolate notes. With its ruby red color adorned by purple reflections, it entices both the eye and the palate.
- Amarone della Valpolicella DOCG “Valmezzane” by Corte Sant’Alda: Corte Sant’Alda, a sustainable family-run winery, employs organic and biodynamic farming practices. Their Amarone “Valmezzane” is a testament to their philosophy, crafted with dried grapes fermented with indigenous yeasts. After spending 48+ months in French oak barrels, this wine reveals the true expression of the “Extended” Valpolicella terroir. A blend of 40% Corvina, 40% Corvinone, and 20% Rondinella, it delights the palate with wild berry jam, coffee, milk chocolate, balsamic notes, and nuances of spices. Its intense garnet red color further enhances the allure.
- Amarone della Valpolicella DOCG “Pietro dal Cero” by Ca’ dei Frati: Ca’ dei Frati, a renowned winery in the Lake Garda area, presents their Amarone della Valpolicella DOCG “Pietro Dal Cero” as a tribute to their father. Aged for 24 months in French barriques, this Amarone is made from a blend of four grape varieties grown in the Luxinum vineyard in Pian di Castagnè. With a predominantly calcareous soil, it yields a wine that is rich and exuberant, boasting notes of black cherry, chocolate, and sweet spices. Its intense and deep ruby red color captivates both the eyes and the senses.
- Amarone della Valpolicella DOCG Classico Riserva “Caloetto” by Le Ragose: Founded in 1969, Le Ragose is a winery nestled in the picturesque hills of Negrar. Their Amarone “Caloetto” vineyard faces southwest, providing the grapes with ample sunshine to ripen to perfection. Aged for 7-8 years in French oak tonneaux, this intense wine showcases concentrated black cherry jam flavors, firm tannins, and a rich, dry finish. Composed of 50% Corvina, 20% Rondinella, 20% Corvinone, and 10% other varieties, it exhibits a mesmerizing ruby red hue complemented by garnet hues.
A Few more words on the Amarone della Valpolicella Docg
Amarone is a full-bodied red wine crafted from indigenous grape varieties that undergo a meticulous drying process known as Appassimento. This technique involves air-drying the grapes for up to 120 days, resulting in a wine of intense and bold flavors. In 2010, Amarone was awarded the prestigious DOCG status, solidifying its place as one of Italy’s most iconic wines.
Dating back to the Roman era, Amarone della Valpolicella boasts a rich history that contributes to its allure. To develop its complex flavors, this magnificent wine requires a minimum of 24 months of aging in oak barrels. During the Appassimento process, the grapes lose up to 50% of their weight, resulting in a luscious, raisin-like texture and concentrated flavors that set Amarone apart.
Prepare to immerse yourself in the world of Amarone as you explore these exceptional wines. Each glass in the flight contains 0.7cl, allowing you to savor the nuances and complexities of each Amarone. Raise your glass, toast to Italy’s celebrated wine, and savor the experience. Salute!