Amarone Della Valpolicella DOC Classico 2004

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Intensives Rot mit granatfarbenen Nuancen. In der Nase dominieren anfänglich die typischen Noten von Pflaume, Kirsche...

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I agree with Wine.com's review. The bouquet was very rich full of dried fruit and spices. It reminded me of a berry fruitcake! The best part was ho... Read more

Bright red cherry and raspberry notes abound with some very nice balanced acidity. Subtle dark fruit with elegant, soft oak. Read more

The unique aging process on this bottle is evident throughout the tasting. Smells of deep black cherry lead to a nicely fruited wine with great bal... Read more

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Snooth User: Anna Savino
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4.00 5
04/19/2012

I agree with Wine.com's review. The bouquet was very rich full of dried fruit and spices. It reminded me of a berry fruitcake! The best part was how full and smooth this wine was in the mouth. Nice finish. This was a unique experience to taste something so bold yet so smooth!


Snooth User: Kristin Watts
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4.00 5
02/12/2012

Bright red cherry and raspberry notes abound with some very nice balanced acidity. Subtle dark fruit with elegant, soft oak.


Snooth User: Kate Statton
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4.00 5
02/01/2012

The unique aging process on this bottle is evident throughout the tasting. Smells of deep black cherry lead to a nicely fruited wine with great balance and flavor.


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External Review
04/08/2011

Located near Verona in the province of Veneto in northeast Italy, Casa Vinicola Bertani is one of the region’s most important and influential wine producers. Bertani produces a full spectrum of the classic wines of the Veneto and has enjoyed a reputation for quality from the start. Bertani was founded in 1857 by brothers Gaetano and Giovan Battista Bertani. Prosperous wine merchants who believed that quality winemaking held the key to the future, the Bertanis invested their funds in buying some of the finest vineyards in the province and making their own wines. Consequently, unlike most other local producers, Bertani owns its own vineyards and so is able to oversee the entire winemaking cycle from start to finish. Through the introduction of longer aging techniques, Bertani transformed the traditionally sweet or sparkling red, Recioto della Valpolicella, into the dry, opulent red we know today as Amarone, one of Italy’s most revered red wines. Bertani Amarone is justly celebrated as a standard bearer for its category. Production Area Carefully selected grape bunches are hand-harvested in Bertani’s best Valpolicella vineyards in Fumane, Marano and the Novare Valley. Vines are cultivated using the “spalliera” method while pruning is done using the “Guyot “ method with 5.000 vines/ha. Unlike most leading Amarone producers, who buy grapes from outside growers, Bertani’s harvest originates entirely in the firm’s own vineyards. With marly-calcareous soil sheltered by surrounding woodland, these vineyards offer the ideal terroir for nurturing the quality of grapes necessary for producing a world-class Amarone. Grape Varieties 70% Corvina Veronese; 30% Rondinella; Vinification Harvest begins the second week in September and extends over a two-week period. A selection of the best, perfectly ripe and healthy bunches is transported to mats which are stored on raised platforms in airy lofts, sheltered by a roof but otherwise exposed to drying breezes on all sides. During the drying period, grapes are affected by “noble rot,” or botrytis cinerea. By the time they are ready to undergo maceration and fermentation in mid-January, they will have lost up to 60% of their water content. The grapes are vinified with an initial very low temperature of 39-41°F, then climbing to a final stage of 64°F. The slow fermentation, that leads into the period of maceration (about 50 days) gives to the wine a high level of alcohol and glycerine, very important elements for the elegance, softness of the taste, tremendous body and structure. Aging: Six years in large Slavonian oak casks (60 hl), during which it is racked twice annually. One further year in bottle prior to release. Color Deep garnet red Bouquet Generous aroma of freshly-picked cherries mingled with notes of sour cherries, vanilla and an agreeable trace of spiciness Taste Dry, full-bodied and amply structured; cherries, red berries and a hint of vanilla lead into a dazzling finish that recalls walnuts and hazelnuts


External Review
05/20/2011

Located near Verona in the province of Veneto in northeast Italy, Casa Vinicola Bertani is one of the region’s most important and influential wine producers. Bertani produces a full spectrum of the classic wines of the Veneto and has enjoyed a reputation for quality from the start. Bertani was founded in 1857 by brothers Gaetano and Giovan Battista Bertani. Prosperous wine merchants who believed that quality winemaking held the key to the future, the Bertanis invested their funds in buying some of the finest vineyards in the province and making their own wines. Consequently, unlike most other local producers, Bertani owns its own vineyards and so is able to oversee the entire winemaking cycle from start to finish. Through the introduction of longer aging techniques, Bertani transformed the traditionally sweet or sparkling red, Recioto della Valpolicella, into the dry, opulent red we know today as Amarone, one of Italy’s most revered red wines. Bertani Amarone is justly celebrated as a standard bearer for its category. Production Area Carefully selected grape bunches are hand-harvested in Bertani’s best Valpolicella vineyards in Fumane, Marano and the Novare Valley. Vines are cultivated using the “spalliera” method while pruning is done using the “Guyot “ method with 5.000 vines/ha. Unlike most leading Amarone producers, who buy grapes from outside growers, Bertani’s harvest originates entirely in the firm’s own vineyards. With marly-calcareous soil sheltered by surrounding woodland, these vineyards offer the ideal terroir for nurturing the quality of grapes necessary for producing a world-class Amarone. Grape Varieties 70% Corvina Veronese; 30% Rondinella Vinification Harvest begins in early October and extends over a two-week period. After harvest, ripe, unblemished grapes from the uppermost portions of each cluster -- those grapes richest in sugar and extracts -- are painstakingly detached and laid out to dry on cane mats. The mats are stored on raised platforms in airy lofts, sheltered by a roof but otherwise exposed to drying breezes on all sides. By the time they are ready to undergo maceration and fermentation in February, they will have lost up to 60% of their water content. A lengthy maceration period ensues, a factor responsible for Amarone’s tremendous body and structure. After a controlled fermentation, the wine is transferred into oak casks for a period of 5-8 years during which it is racked twice annually prior to bottling. Color Deep garnet red Bouquet Generous aroma of freshly-picked cherries mingled with notes of sour cherries, vanilla and an agreeable trace of spiciness Taste Dry, full-bodied and amply structured; cherries, red berries and a hint of vanilla lead into a dazzling finish that recalls walnuts and hazelnuts


External Review
10/16/2012

Robert Parker 92 Points The Tedeschi family has dedicated its energy and enthusiasm to growing and producing wine in Valpolicella for many generations. They first purchased vineyards in the area in 1630. Today the Tedeschi family manages 74 hectares of vineyards, of which 29 hectares are family owned. Although Tedeschi is considered one of the top producers of Amarone and Recioto wines, the family has never rested on its laurels, continually striving to improve the structure of the wine by keeping the vines’ yields low. They produce four distinct ranges: Linea Classica; Valpolicella, Amarone and Recioto, and Linea Fabriseria Awards from national and international competitions are testimony to the family’s uninterrupted search for refinement. Grapes : 30% Corvina, 30% Rondinella, 30% Corvinone, 10% Molinara Region : Italy / Pedemonte / Amarone della Valpolicella Classico DOC Notes : Deep red colour, this wine has a full bouquet showing vanilla and sweet fruits with a velvety mouthfeel and rich, raisiny flavours. Ageing : 3 years in Slavonian oak barrels followed by a further 6 months in bottle prior to release. Serve : At 16-18C with a combination of red meats and cheese. ABV : 15%


External Review
04/19/2012

Amarone della Valpolicella 2004 - 93 points, Wine Enthusiast/ Aged in traditional oak casks for six long years, Bertani’s beautiful 2004 Amarone delivers the best of Valpolicella. It shows beautiful complexity and elegance that is articulated by tobacco, brown sugar, cassis and sweet tobacco flavors. There’s substance and length on the close with a delicately smoky aftertaste.


External Review
07/20/2011

Amarone 1975 - Quarterly Review of Wines/ Composed, elegant, and evolving beautifully...mark[s] the transition from the dominance of youthful fruit to the emergence of Amarone's wonderfully comples and dark mature flavors.


External Review
04/19/2012

Amarone della Valpolicella 2004 - Tre Bicchieri, Gambero Rosso/


External Review
09/24/2012

Amarone della Valpolicella 2004 - 94 points, Wine Advocate/ The 2004 Amarone della Valpolicella Classico is flat-out gorgeous...The 2004 is a superb, elegant Amarone graced with expressive dark red fruit, flowers, tobacco and spices, all supported by finessed, silky tannins. Sweet roses, tar and licorice are woven into the layered, sublime finish. Deceptively medium in body, the 2004 has the stuffing to age well for decades.


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Winemaker's Notes:

Intensives Rot mit granatfarbenen Nuancen. In der Nase dominieren anfänglich die typischen Noten von Pflaume, Kirsche, Trockenobst, Teeblatt, Lakritz und Gewürzen. Am Gaumen öffnet er sich mit den Anklängen an rotfleischige Früchte, die lange nachschmecken und begleitet von süßen Vanillenoten auf einer weichen, dichten Textur mit der Säure und den Tanninen ein perfektes Gleichgewicht bilden.

Intensives Rot mit granatfarbenen Nuancen. In der Nase dominieren anfänglich die typischen Noten von Pflaume, Kirsche, Trockenobst, Teeblatt, Lakritz und Gewürzen. Am Gaumen öffnet er sich mit den Anklängen an rotfleischige Früchte, die lange nachschmecken und begleitet von süßen Vanillenoten auf einer weichen, dichten Textur mit der Säure und den Tanninen ein perfektes Gleichgewicht bilden.

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