Saturday, March 8, 2008

Bertani Amarone Della Valpolicella 1999 DOC

Italy • This is an Amarone from Veneto where the best grapes (70% Corvino Veronese, 25% Rondinella, 5% Molinara) are picked with the highest sugar content, laid on racks in dry lofts for about 4 months where they lose 60% of their water content. Concentrated as it is, here it is exposed to "Noble Rot", then store in Slavonian casks for from 5 to 8 years and in bottle for 1 year.
Color is garnet/brick, aromas of cherries, leather, licorice, dried fruits, spices and raw meat. On the palate are raisins, dried raspberries, earth, mushrooms, black pepper and dried roses. It is full bodied with a smooth nutty finish that lingers nicely. (Thanks Jake!)
This is an expensive bottle of wine, around $100 if you can find it, but on a special occasion I say go for it!

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