All of the following delicious Amarones can be found for $100 or less (which means I’m leaving out exceptional Amarones from Romano Dal Forno and Giuseppe Quintarelli, which have a cult following and can therefore run at $300 to $450). Most range from $40 to $70. Of recent vintages, 2006 and 2004 were both exceptional for Amarone.
Allegrini Amarone della Valpolicella Classico
1999: Very dark magenta color; mushroom, tobacco, dried leather nose; rich, youthful, complex, dried berry, dried black fruit, tar, licorice, herbal palate; long finish. 95 pts.
2001: Opaque deep red violet color; nice dried berry, orange, orange peel, dried herbs nose; tasty, dried berry, black plum, licorice palate, with depth; long finish. 94 pts.
1997: Slightly bricking dark red violet color; redolent, dried berry, dried fig, licorice, tar nose; youthful, dried berry, tar, charcoal, licorice, ripe black fruit palate with medium acidity; long finish. 94 pts.
2005: Aromatic, deep berry, roasted fruit, dried black fruit, orange spice nose; tight, deep berry, roasted fruit, dried black fruit, orange spice, tart black fruit palate; long finish. 93+ pts.
2007: Medium ruby color; nice baked cherry, dried cherry, raspberry nose; rich, tight, raspberry and cherry puree, dried berry palate; long finish. 92+ pts.
2006 Brigaldara Amarone della Valpolicella Classico
Medium bricking red color with pale meniscus; dried red berry, smoke, pepper, olive nose; tight, dried berry, tart black fruit, smoke, graphite, licorice, mineral palate; long finish. 94 pts.
2001 Masi Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Campolongo di Torbe
Nearly opaque red violet color; black olive, tart licorice, black fruit, tar, seawater nose; nice, black plum, licorice, salted licorice, anise, tar, sage palate; long finish. 94 pts.
2006 Cesari Amarone della Valpolicella Classico
Dark red violet color; aromatic, dried cherry, dried berry, anise, light milk chocolate nose; rich, thick, tasty, dried cherry, sour cherry, lightly chocolaty, sweetly smoky palate with firm, somewhat grainy tannins; long finish. 93 pts.
2001 Tommaso Bussola Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Tb
Raisiny, slightly hot, grapey nose; concentrated black fruit, pepper, plum and raisiny palate; long finish. 93+ pts.
2005 Michele Castellani Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Collezione Ca del Pipa Cinque Stelle
Intense, appealing, dried black fruit, dried berry nose; tasty, dried berry, dried black fruit, anise palate; long finish. 93 pts.
2001 Manara Amarone della Valpolicella Classico
Intense, raisin, apricot, fig and clove nose; rich, soft plum and cherry palate; medium-plus finish. 93 pts.
2005 Zenato Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Sergio Zenato Riserva
Opaque purple red violet color; intense, dried berry, tobacco, herbal nose; tasty, intense, tart and smoky black fruit, leather, tar palate; long finish. 93 pts.
2006 Stefano Accordini Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Acinatico
Medium-dark ruby color; smoky, savory, VA, baked berry, tar nose; tasty, youthful, rich, ripe black fruit, licorice, tar, dried blackberry palate; long finish. 93 pts.
2004 Carlo Ferragu Amarone della Valpolicella
Very dark red violet color; nice, high pitched, dried berry, fig, tar, black fruit and clove nose with a touch of VA; tasty, clove, black fruit, dried berry, dried black fruit, fig, licorice and tar palate; medium-plus finish. 93 pts.
2007 Zenato Amarone della Valpolicella Classico
Very dark ruby color; intense, spice, anise, root, licorice, tart black fruit, chocolate nose; tart black fruit, licorice, tar, beet juice palate; long finish. 92+ points
2003 Aldegheri Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Barricato
Dark plum red color; chocolate, fig, tar, earthy, powdered chocolate nose; tasty chocolate, raspberry, rich, youthful, dried black fruit palate; medium-plus finish. 92+ pts.