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 »

Varietals Produced in Amarone Della Valpolicella View all

  • 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...

  • Rondinella

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

  • Sangiovese

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

  • Corvina

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

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  • Tommaso Bussola Amarone Della Valpolicella Classico Vigneto Alto Tb 2007

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  • I am Barbro and love amarone wines. Thank you for your article today (2/4-14) about  those.  My favorite right now is Amarone Tommasi della valpolicella classico 2009.Would like to find wines like this but less costly.Of course I drink zinfandels, right now I am loving Rosenbloom. Read More

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  • Amarone Della Valpolicella Classico DOC 6 Flaschen In Original-Holzkiste Bertani Grezzana Venetien 2001

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    Here we have a wine just hitting its stride and full of aromatic tea, dried soil, dried flowers, a bit of fungi, and an underlying sweetness to the emerging notes of dried meat, licorice and cooked fennel. While the nose gives the impression of something older, this is still fresh and tight on entry, with real focus, and very elegant with attrac... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Bertani Villa Arvedi 2010

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    A fresher, more immediate style of Amarone produced since 2000 Spicy on the nose, with a lovely mix of African and Provençal spices. Almost curry like aromas are layered under big black cherry and wild berry fruit. Soft on entry with nice acids, and minor if firm tannins, this is round and creamy, with lots of bitter cherry wild berry fruit tha... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Tedeschi Amarone Classico 2007

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    Produced seven times since 83, three thousand bottles, Dark, leafy edged black cherry fruit, and grilled meats dominate the nose which turns lightly spicy with cedary wood, handfuls of dried leaves and earth, black tea, and a little pencil lead with air. A bit low on the palate, this is soft and seamless with roasted and pruny fruit that none t... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Tedeschi 'Amarone' Classico 2008

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    High toned stemmy herbal notes greet the nose followed by a little black pepper, some grilled meats, fresh plum, sweet tobacco, and drying hay aromas. Downright velvety on entry, lush with ripeness underpinned with some fine grained tannins. The dark fruit is a bit blueberry toned at first then shows flashes of currants and dried cherries in al... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Tedeschi Amarone Della Valpolicella Classico 2009

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    VA greets the nose along with rich aromas of dried strawberry, raspberry and cherry backed up with gentle soil tones, a little fig, and underlying violet and white pepper tones A touch of sweetness on entry is quickly washed away by huge, refreshing acids in the mouth. While moderately tannic, the acids lend great clarity and incredible vibran... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Speri Amarone 2009

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    Deep, complex, and masculine, if a bit oaky at first, though air brings out huge mineral notes with elegant floral high tones layered over a core of black cherry fruit with a little prune accent. On entry this is muscular and sinewy, tightly packed with fine grained tannins and big cherry fruit followed by layered mineral and oak notes. This is ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Masi Amarone Mazzano 2006

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    Smokey and soil driven on the nose, though this remains a bit reticent in the glass. On the palate this wraps itself around your tongue and pulls. A touch tough, rich, chewy and powerfully built it leads off with deep flavors of dried fruits and flowers before changing gears on the midpalate where it turns all chiseled and firm. Dry, firm and vi... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Tommaso Bussola Amarone Della Valpolicella Classico Vigneto Alto Tb 2007

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    Super meaty on the nose with a spicy note that recalls freshly grated ginger along with notes of leather and a vegemite earthiness. In the mouth this is richer than the 08, smooth and more pliant and obviously fruity with spicy dried fruit character and less minerality. A bit more drying tannin is wrapped in the dark dried fruits that feature a... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


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