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,...

  • Molinara

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • 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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  • Cantina Sociale di Soave

    Today, Cantina di Soave still maintains the same basic co-operative philosophy, that of covering ...

  • Cantina di Soave

    Today, Cantina di Soave still maintains the same basic co-operative philosophy, that of covering ...

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Amarone Della Valpolicella on Snooth

  • Tedeschi Amarone Della Valpolicella Classico Capitel Monte Olmi 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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    Wine review by mark


  • 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

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  • Masi Amarone Mazzano 2006

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • Tommaso Bussola Amarone Della Valpolicella Classico 2008

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    Meaty, leathery, and spicy on the nose with big dried cherry fruit. while showing some wood in the mouth this remains smooth and polished, and attractively a little light bodied, if rich with alcohol. Attractive flavors of candied bitter cherry fruit are rather refined with a dusty mineral note and good length. Large scaled and elegant is ultim... Read More

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  • Amarone Riserva Sergio Zenato 2007

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    Dark rich and spicy on a nose filled with macerated herbs, mint, licorice,a little VA. In the mouth this is a big wine, bright and juicy on the palate, still fairly closed but you can sense the wild berry fruit with hints of pomegranate, chocolate, and those macerated herbs from the nose. Tannic and powerful on the palate and through the chocol... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


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