Amarone Della Valpolicella Valpatena 2015 DOCG
When you think about Italian wines, Amarone is surely amongst your top five choices, isn’t it? This nectar is a blend of Corvina Veronese (80%) and Rondinella (20%). The structure and the flavour concentration are increased using the passito method. The grapes are harvested in mid September, then they appasiscono (wither) and only in mid January they are pressed and the magic starts. Most of this divine juice aged in Slavonia oak barrel while the rest in barriques for 30 months. Then the wine aged for at least 6 month in the bottle. Salute!
In the glass the wine has a beautiful ruby colour with some violet shades. The intensity is deep. It is clear with no traces of deposits.
The aromas intensity is medium plus. Swirls, and an explosion of ripe black fruits will hit your nostrils. There are even notes of pungent spices, raisin and sultana. As secondary, you can smell a bit of vanilla, cedar and charred woods. The tertiary are still at the beginning of their journey, but you can enjoy the richness of the prune and dried blackberry, the elegance of the leather and the ancestral appealing of the earth.
In the mouth, the wine is dry with a high level of acidity and medium plus tannins. The tannins are velvet on the palate. The alcohol is high (15.5%), but it doesn’t burn at all. The flavour intensity is medium plus. On the palate, the fruits are more succulent, the tertiary aromas more virile. The finish is long.
This nectar is a nice example of Amarone. In the glass there is all the generosity that this one can offer. There is probably a lack of complexity and charm, but as said, it has still a long journey ahead. This wine is obviously perfect with stewed meat, cured meat, or to keep simple, with everything is meaty. But if you have had a tough day at work, or it is cold and you don’t want to go out to meet your friend, then uncork this bottle and have a wonderful evening!