Tommasi Amarone Della Valpolicella 1998
This wine is great from it's smooth start, through it's robust fuity middle to it's lingering smoky finish. It is very aromatic and you can practically taste the wine before you even lift your glass. It's best if you decant the bottle and let it breathe a good 30 minutes first, but if you are impatient (like me) it is fine freshly uncorked. This is a full bodied sweeter wine and compliments nicely heavier meats or pasta dishes or makes a nice post meal wine as you can sip and savor and it only gets better.
This wine was my first venture into Amarone's. Being fairly new to wines, I found it to be very exciting, such a unique taste. I love complex wines with surprising touches, it fit me well. I love the full raisin-y flavor.
I scored about 28 bottles of this wonderful wine at $30 each and out of the 8 or so we have had none disappointed us. It opens up flawlessly with the classic aromas of a big Amarone giving way to hints of raisins, currants and suttle hints of dark fruit, you can even get a hit of mission figs.