Valpolicella Classico Wine

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Valpolicella Classico is the DOCG classification of wines produced within this specific vineyard zone in the Veneto, Italy. The name refers to both this superior status as well as defining the “classic” Valpolicella zone, which was its original boundary before it was re-zoned in 1968. The surrounding towns are Fumane, Marano and Negrar. 
The wines produced here are renown for their higher quality. They’re cultivated in superior soil and vineyard conditions than the rest of the DOC, with more stringent rules in respect to yields and aging techniques. The blend is composed of primarily Corvina with smaller percentages of Molinara and Rondinella. Classico Superiore wines must be aged a minimum ABV of 11% and aged for a year prior to release. 
The Classico zone also encompasses the offshoots Recioto della Valpolicella, Amarone della Valpolicella and Valpolicella Ripasso. 
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  • 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...

  • Rondinella

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

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  • I am Barbro and love amarone wines. Thank you for your article today (2/4-14) ... 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 Rosenbloo Read More

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  • Bertani Amarone Della Valpolicella Classico 2001


    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

  • Tedeschi Amarone Della Valpolicella Classico 2009


    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

  • Le Ragose Corvina Blend Amarone Della Valpolicella 2006


    The gorgeous nose, shows off brilliant aromas of sweet herbs, complex middle eastern spice, dried herb stem, and rose stems. Elegant and wide open in the mouth, there are lovely red fruit flavors here, redolent of raspberry juice, then tobacco, bitter wild cherries, and a little cinnamon add engaging complexity. Fine ripe tannins keep this livel... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Speri Amarone 2009


    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


    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


    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

  • Tommaso Bussola Amarone Della Valpolicella Classico 2008


    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

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Amarone Riserva Sergio Zenato 2007


    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

  • Valpolicella Classico Superiore Doc. Viviani 2011


    Funky valpolicella with jam, oak, and pink peppercorns on entry and a medium finish with smoldering tobacco. Read More

    Wine review by pboss

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