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Montecariano Amarone della Valpolicella Classicotext

Montecariano Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2013

Verona, Veneto, ItalyFrom San Pietro in Cariano, in the foothills of the Classico region, this Amarone blends 65% corvina and corvinone with 20% rondinella, and 15% molinara, croatina, and pelara. The grapes are left to dry for 3 months in controlled rooms, and then destemmed and crushed in late Dec / early January, fermented in stainless with nearly 2 months of oxygen into the must. Post ferment, this rests for 3 years in barrels, followed by an additional year in bottle. Ripe, round, and rich, with baked biscuit, dried black cherry, blackberry compote, old worked leather, old tobacco, and dried dark florals. There is a modicum of freshness here to take this over the finish line, but the end result is still quite bitter dark chocolate, and some wilted notes. Drink now, ideally with richer sauced meat / tomato braises, or go for dark chocolate and roasted walnuts. At 16%, go lightly.Tasted: 11 February 2023Tasted by: Treve RingPrices:
BC$77.99750mlselect private retailers
Producer: MontecarianoDistributors: The Drinks List
Blend: Corvinone - Rondinella - Molinara - OseletaCSPC: 572495UPC: 854390003123