I recently had the pleasure of dining with the winemaker Pierangelo Tommasi, of Tommasi Winery, a well known and loved winery in the heart of Valpolicella Classico (Pedemonte).
From grandfather Giacomo Tommasi’s tiny vineyard, the Tommasi estate has grown steadily over the course of years and today it extends over 195 hectares of hillside vineyards blessed by Mother Nature for its perfect suitability for grapes.
The family owns vineyards on the most prestigious hills: La Groletta”, “Conca d’Oro” and “Ca’Florian”, where the grapes for the incomparable Amarone Classico, Ripasso, Valpolicella Classico Superiore and Recioto della Valpolicella wines are cultivated.
The most important and prestigious wine is the stately Amarone, one of the great wines of the world. Tommasi has specialized in the production of this “Divine Nectar” for decades, and has deservedly become one of its principal ambassadors to the world. –TommasiWine.it.
When the 4th generation of the family started to get involved in the winery, the company launched “Tommasi Family Estates project”, which is a major investment program dedicated to the acquisition of lands best suited for wine grapes. You can taste the dedication, quality, and terroir of each estate. The Tommasi Family promises quality and excellence, and that’s exactly what they deliver!
I had the pleasure of partaking in a one of a kind Amarone vertical tasting, where I tasted the Tommasi 07′, 08′, 09′, and 12′.
Tommasi 2012: Young and spicy with cooked fruit notes of blackberries, plums, and figs. On the palate this wine is dry and full bodied, with a lot of character. This wine is young so I recommend saving it a few years (or longer if you have the storage) to drink. If you choose to drink it now however, I would suggest letting it breathe about an hour, so softer notes will flourish.
Tommasi 2009: This wine hits your nose with aromas of black olive and raisins right away! This is still a young wine, and the palate is quite tannic, however after letting it open in the glass a bit, those biting notes and tannins softened. The 2009 is a beauty, and can still age on and on.
Tommasi 2008: More black olive and forest floor like qualities with subtle and attractive notes of blackberry and black currants on the palate. This wine is
smooth and seductive with a medium plus body and soft tannins.
Tommasi 2007: This wine is stunning with age and is showing beautifully. Some attractive fig and raisin notes leap out of the glass followed by earth, dried cherry, and spice notes. On the palate this wine is dry and attractive with balanced tannins and a lingering finish.
The beauty of Tommasi Amarone is that these wines are still young, and although showing beautifully, they can age on for many more years. If you have some room in your cellar and can age some wines, you will find the 2012 Tommasi Amarone (available in stores) is an Amarone you will not want to miss. This wine will age for many years, and makes a great gift for a wine collector you know.