Amarone Della Valpolicella, also known, as Amarone is a rich red Italian Wine made from partially dried grapes. The grapes usually used to make this intense and delicious wine are Corvina Veronese, Rondinella, and Molinara.  

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Bolla, an iconic Italian wine company produces some of my favorite Amarone, and Christian Scrinzi, the wine maker is always a pleasure to meet. He took us through Bolla Amarone 2008, and Bolla Amarone “Le Origini” 2009, 2000, and 1998.All the vintages were excellent, and very different (of course).

Wine is food…”- Christian Scrinzi, Wine Maker for Bolla

As Amarone ages, it becomes softer, the tannins round out a bit, and with Bolla, it’s only produced during exceptional vintages (years). These wines are deep garnet colored, lushly flavored, and have silky textures. Long, dry finishes with notes of berries, spices, and cocoa, can be expected with these wines. The 09’ and 08’ are still baby’s in the Amarone world, but because Christian brought Bolla back to its original beauty, these wines were wonderful to taste and I cant wait to taste them again once they are older.

Sartori di Verona, is also famous for making exceptional Amarone, produced during only the best vintages. These wines too are deeply garnet colored with an intense red core. Their winemaker consultant, Franco Bernabei,  took us on another vertical tasting of Sartori Amarone 2010, and Sartori Amarone, “Corte Bra” 2007, 1999, and 1995. These wines were beautiful, full of berries, cocoa, and some spice. The 10’ and 07’ were still baby’s, but showing beautifully. The 95’ was tar colored with primary and secondary flavors. Violet and tobacco notes stuck out on the nose and the palate was smooth and sensational, full of velvet and fruit.

 

For those of you looking for a little Amarone in your life, head to the Banfi Wines Portfolio. Here you will get a taste of true Italian wines full of striking beauty and power.