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Newbie with a question on Amarone Della valpolicella

Posted by CDRichter, Jul 30, 2013.


I'm new to the forum and my name is Chris. 

I joined because I was trying to find out about a wine that my lovely sister had sent to me for my birthday.  Please forgive my uneducated listing as the wine label is in Italian and I'm not sure what the name is verses the winery or vintage.  I'll just throw it all out here.

Amarone Della Valpolicella Vendemmia 2004.

My question relates to when and how I should enjoy this?  She seemed to think that it will mature next year.  Do I wait for a year before drinking it and do I need to let it breath or is there any other special steps I should take to fully enjoy this gift.  I'm from East Texas so my first thought  is to open the thing and start drinking! :)




Reply by EMark, Jul 30, 2013.

Welcome to the Forum, Chris.  I'll take your sister's loveliness at your word, but I will also add that she is quite a thoughtful gift-giver.  I am not terribly expert on Italian wines, but I can tell you a few things.

"Amarone Della Valpolicella" tells you what region in Italy the wine came from and some specifics about what kind of wine it is.  The interesting thing about this wine is that it is made from grapes that are allowed to dry before they are fermented.  Rather than say too much and risk making a mistake, I am going to point you to this Wikipedia entry so that you can read about it, yourself.

2004 is the vintage year--i.e., the year that the grapes used to make this wine were harvested.

I'm not sure about the "Vendemmia" reference.  I don't think it's the maker.  There appears to be an importer with that name.  I'm afraid we'll have to leave that to somebody else.

Would it be possible to snap a picture of the bottle and add it to this conversation?  Pics of both the front and the rear labels would be best.  Pictures might be very helpful to some of our Italian wine fans.


Reply by jtryka, Jul 30, 2013.

Your dear sister gave you a wonderful gift as Amarone is a real treat for many fans of Italian wines!  Yes, you could wait for another year to drink this one, but I don't think you'd be too disappointed if you opened it sooner.  What EMARK provided was some good information, and yes Amarone is made from the Valpolicella grape that is allowed to dry (think grape becoming raisin) before it is pressed, this makes the fruit much more concentrated in the wine with much different flavors than more traditional wines.  The biggest drawback about Amarone is the cost, so for us more budget conscious fans we can opt for the Valpolicella Ripasso, which is the second pressing of the fruit that goes into Amarone, so it shares many of the wonderful flavors of Amarone but at a cost that's a third or less of the cost of an Amarone (if an Amarone is $60, a ripasso will likely cost less than $20), making it much more fun to drink everyday.  In any event, I hope you enjoy the bottle and be sure to thank your sister!

Reply by Nodakgus, Aug 3, 2013.

Agreed that your sister is very generous and thoughtful!  I love Italian wines and Amarone in particular.  However, as has been mentioned, Amarone is not an everyday-priced wine unless your bank account has no bounds.  I treat myself to Amarone on special occasions and will pick it over other alternatives such as Napa Cabs. 

Reply by cainfury, Jun 22, 2014.

I may be a little late to this conversation, but if you haven't opened it yet, then find a great occasion with friends and enjoy. Personally I would decant the bottle and let it breath a little, and serve with some good Texas Bar-B-Que. This is no ordinary wine, this is an "extra-ordinary" wine.  Enoy.

Reply by dvogler, Jun 22, 2014.

There isn't a Valpolicella grape.  It is made from a blend of Corvina, Molinara and Rondinella grapes.

Amarone is expensive because they don't get as much juice form the partly dried grapes as in a usual pressing of fresh fruit.  That and it isn't released for at least three years from harvest.

2004 was a very good year for Amarone and this bottle could probably go ten more years.  However, if you don't have an appropriate place to store it, I'd plan on enjoying it relatively soon.  Decanting is highly recommended (one to two hours).  It should drink like velvet!

What winery is this from?

Reply by Snoother 1981499, Apr 2, 2016.

Every time I am in trouble with my wife, I redeem myself with an Amaronee....yes, decant and it is wonderful with a good cut of meat

Reply by Really Big Al, Apr 3, 2016.

I think we all agree the bottle should be enjoyed sooner rather than laying it down for another year.  Please open it soon and let us know what you think.  Decant as is recommended above - one hour should do it.  If you don't own a decanter, now is the time to invest in one.

Reply by dvogler, Apr 3, 2016.

Al, the original poster didn't bring this to life.  It was a new person saying that Amarone is a peace-broker of sorts in his marriage.  :)

OP never did come back.  I opened my last 2004 Amarone last month.  Paradise.


Reply by GregT, Apr 4, 2016.


Never did and never will!

Reply by JonDerry, Apr 4, 2016.

It is kind of funny how a good bottle of wine can make someone so happy, especially women in some cases who tend to wait for bottles to "appear". On my vacation recently, there was a Bolgnese dinner no one was really excited about, so I decided to open a nice 2011 Clerico Barbera. Originally had it earmarked for a wine tasting for later on, but it went perfect with the dinner and put a big smile on one of our dinner companions.

Reply by GregT, Apr 4, 2016.

"and put a big smile on one of our dinner companions"

I hope it was someone who mattered!

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