Costasera - Amarone Della Valpolicella Classico 2012 DOCG
I am lucky, I’ve travelled a lot in my life since I was a teenager. And I have beautiful memories of any trip: new friends, astonishing places, new cultures and Costasera in any duty free shops. Avoiding any sort of sexist comparison that comes up to my mind, I would limit myself to say that this wine is probably the initiation to Amarone for 99.9% of worldwide drinkers. This nectar is a blend of Corvina (70%, thin skin, moderate colour, low to medium tannins and high acidity), Rondinella (25%), Molinara (5%). The grapes undergo the so called Appassimento, laying on bamboo trellis until January, allowing sugar and aromas to become more concentrated. After that, the grapes are gently pressed, some of them destemmed, aged for 45 days in large oak barrels from Slavonia or in stainless steel containers at a naturally cold temperature. 35 days of complete fermentation in barrels (30-40 hl) with the addition of alcohol-proof yeast and malolactic fermentation. Then the divine juice ages 24 months: 80% in Slavonian oak barrels (40-80 hl), 20% in Slavonia small Allier and oak barrels (40% new barrels, 30% second refill, 30% third refill). Then 4 months in the bottle. Salute!
In the glass the wine has a deep ruby colour. It is clear with no traces of deposits.
The aromas intensity is medium plus. Actually I like its not being too “bully” at the nose. There are notes of red cherry, plum, prune, baked fruits, but also more spicy ones as black pepper and a hint of liquorices. As secondary aromas, there are vanilla, cedar, coffee and dark chocolate. As tertiaries, there cooked red plum, a fine leather, a bit of tobacco and game. The nose is really elegant.
In the mouth, the wine is dry with a high level of acidity and medium plus tannins. The alcohol is high (i.e. 15%), but it doesn’t burn at all. The nectar is pure silk. Both flavour intensity and finish are medium plus. On the palate, we find all the flavours already enjoyed with our nostrils.
It is a good entry point for the world of Amarone. I like drinking it with charcuterie and cheeses. It is perfect with stewed meat, but even better by its own. Among all the Amarone that I enjoyed, I keep liking Costasera for its consistency across the vintages and for its being not excessively rich till the nausea or the boringness.
Final vote: 92
Price: £37 at majestic.co.uk