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Snooth User: Eric Guido

Do you like Amarone? Read on...

Posted by Eric Guido, Jun 15, 2012.

I just tried this awesome wine from Argentina that's made in cooperation by Bodegas Renacer in Mendoza and Allegrini from the Veneto.  It's mostly Malbec made in an Amarone style.  Upon opening, it was just too much.. too big, too rich, too alcoholic.  But then, after an hour open in bottle, this wine soared with a massive mix of aromatics and a great mix of richness versus acidity on the palate.

 

It's certainly in an Amarone style but if you have a soft spot in your heart for the Valpolicella, then this wine is totally worth your attention.  I will buy more and can imagine that this will be a huge success with both the dinner and the party crowd.  2009 Allegrini-Renacer Enamore Mendoza

 

Speaking of Amarone, anyone want to share their favorite?

 

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Reply by jtryka, Jun 16, 2012.

That's good information, though I am not a fan of Malbec, I love a good Amarone and would try this just to see how close it comes! 

As for my favorites, I really haven't tried very many to form a reliable opinion, but right now I have a bottle of 2007 Pasqua Amarone that I think I got at Trader Joe's last year, as well as a couple bottles of 2007 Guiseppe Campagnola Amarone.  I also have a bottle of 2004 Bussola Valpolicella Ripasso which is a nice Amarone substitute that was recommended to me be my local wine merchant for only $26, which is a lot less than a typical Amarone.

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Reply by Eric Guido, Jun 17, 2012.

A Bussola Valpolicella can really hit the spot.  What I really loved about this wine was that it showed brighter fruit than the typical Amarone, and it only cost $20!!!!

More pricy, but another bottle to look for is the 2007 L'Arco Rubeo.  In this case it's more Cabernet Franc in an Amarone style.  It's also a wine that show good when open but really excels after many hours exposed to air.

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Reply by ps, Jun 20, 2012.

I have yet to try an Amarone.  What makes it so desirable? 

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Reply by Eric Guido, Jun 20, 2012.

Essentially , it's a wine made from dried grapes.  So imagine a wine made from raisins that has been fermented to dryness.  They have a textural richness that is unequaled with masses of dried fruits, dark chocolate but also savory or dried meats.  it's like a savory wine that dreamt of being sweet.  Many can age and continue to gain complexities but are often so enjoyable in their youth that few people hold onto them very long.  They are rich, sometimes have a slight hint of sweetness, and are absolutely worth trying.

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Reply by ps, Jun 20, 2012.

That's an amazing description Eric.  It sounds really good.  I'll buy one soon.  Thanks for the explanation on the dried grapes too.

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Reply by Dennis Lim, Jul 1, 2012.

I'm currently into Amarone and I absolutely love the richness!

Fave so far is the Brigaldara Casse Vecie Amarone - It totally bowled me over the first time I tried it... too ba it is pretty costy though, and I hardly have the budget for it...

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Reply by Eric Guido, Jul 3, 2012.

I hear you Dennis.  One of my biggest problems in wine is that my wife loves Amarone and she thinks of it the same way that you or I would think of Chianti or Cotes du Rhone.  In her world, Amarone probably costs $20.  The unfortunate fact is that really good Amarone tends to cost a lot of money.  I agree about Brigaldara, some great juice.

However, if you think about the process of making Amarone, the cost starts making more sense.  The idea of taking your crop and dehydrating it to the point of rasinating, sounds pretty costly to me.  Not to mention, there's a fine line between good Amarone and GREAT Amarone.  

 

One of the best Amarone I've ever had was, 2001 Tommaso Bussola Amarone.  When I could find it at retail, it was $125.  Now, it's gone.


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