Amarone Della Valpolicella Wine

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Amarone della Valpolicella is the prized wine from the Veneto region of Italy, made with passito (dried) grapes. It’s produced from a blend of 40 - 70% Corvina, 20 - 40% Rondinella and 5 - 25% Molinara varietals. The word “amaro” is Italian for bitter. While the wine is far from that, the name most likely derived to distinguish it from its sweet sibling, Recioto della Valpolicella. Both versions were awarded DOCG, the superior labeling status, in 2009. 
 
Amarone has been produced in the Veneto for centuries. The Greeks first inhabited the area, and likely introduced the Romans to “straw wine,” the process by which it is produced. Ripe, hand selected grapes are laid on straw mats to dry out before pressing for juice. By this time, natural sugars and flavors have reached maximum concentration, creating wine of deep complexity. Amarone production even survived the violent Visigoth invasions, and in the 7th century, an official edict was passed protecting Read more »

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Varietals Produced in Amarone Della Valpolicella View all

  • Rondinella

    History of the grape: There are 6th century written documents by Cassiodoro, a magistrate of Visigoth King Theodorus,...

  • Corvina

    History of the grape: There are 6th century written documents by Cassiodoro, a magistrate of Visigoth King Theodorus,...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Molinara

    Breppion Scavolegno, Breppion Scuro, Breppon, Molinara Ciara, Molinara Rada, Pola, Rossanella, Rossanella Gentile, Ro...

  • Sangiovese

    Prounounced “San-joh-vay-say,” this Italian wine varietal is Tuscany’s #1 red wine grape. It’s the pistol of Central ...

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  • the more robust the better, up to $150ishAmerican? Get a 1/2 bottle of some ... abv easy.European? Get some Amarone della Valpolicella. Quintarelli will set you back about $800 and Dal Forno about half that, so instead go for I Campi Campo Marna, Ferragu, or Monte Cillario.  Or find some 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape. Or from Spain, El Nido or Clio... Read More

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  • Famiglia Pasqua Amarone 2013

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    well established and balanced nose of black fruits, spices and chocolates, which is similarly experienced on the palate. large, yet elegant! Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Zenato Amarone Della Valpolicella Classico 2009

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • Guerrieri Rizzardi Amarone Della Valpolicella Classico Calcarole 1990

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    there is a certain nectar sweetness, and hints of earl grey tea in this amarone. portish even. very unique taste. wonder if this is a characteristic of old amarone, where all the spices and tannins are stripped off, leaving the sweetness... Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Tinazzi Amarone Della Valpolicella Classico 2007

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    nicely balanced, and fruity Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Speri Amarone Della Valpolicella Classico Vigneto Monte Sant'Urbano 2011

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    medium bodied, but extremely rich in blackcurrant and plums, yet with a slightly spicy kick. impressive! Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Luigi Righetti Amarone 2011

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    No written review

    Wine review by bobvree


  • I sometimes prefer wines that are in the ballpark of being 'ok' to ... ... we enjoyed this 2010 Zenato Amarone della Valpolicella Classico which I was aging in my small 8-bottle wine refrigerator for the past six months.  I liked it after it had some air, perhaps 20 minutes into the glass.  I was not super impressed however but then again, I d... Read More

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  • Last night a big rainstorm was predicted to roll in.  This it did, but we ... glasses of their high-end Amarone della Valpolicella ($39 a glass).  Needless to say the wines were great, the food was most excellent, but the game....The game started late due to a rain delay as it had been raining when we drove into the District.  We didn't care b... Read More

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  • Allegrini Amarone Della Valpolicella Classico 2010

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    Dark, fully developed black fruit aromas of black currant, blackberry and black cherry with dusty earthiness that shows a nice fresh mushroom quality and a savory note that comes with a good dose of spice. In the mouth this blossoms with bright red fruit notes of red cherry, ripe raspberry and a touch of medicine leading the way for an incredibl... Read More

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