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Bertani Amarone della Valpolicella Valpantenatext

Bertani Amarone della Valpolicella Valpantena 2019

Veneto, ItalyAmarone sounds as powerful as it tastes, and the Bertani version is grown among the hillsides of Valpantena, which translates to the valley of the gods. It is also the only cru sub-zone in Valpolicella. The attack is dense and rich from the get go, with dark plums and licorice leading. On the palate, the fruit is weighty and ripe, pitching sweet dark blackberries, black raspberries, hints of raisins, and black peppercorns. Tannins are thick and youthful before a full blown, warm, rich finish clocks in at 15.5%. This is best headed for the cellar for a decade, but for those who love big wines, osso buco or lamb leg comes to mind. The mix is 80/20 corvina Veronese and rondinella. The winemaking is classic: select ripe bunches are dried through the early new year; the grapes are destemmed, crushed, and fermented; a part ages in Slavonian oak barrels, with the remainder in barriques for about 30 months, after bottling, this rests for a minimum of 6 months before release.Tasted: 29 March 2024Tasted by: Anthony GismondiPrices:
BC$52.00750mlselect private retailers
AB$52.00750mlselect private retailers
Producer: BertaniDistributors: Trialto Wine Group
Blend: Corvina - Rondinella - MolinaraUPC: 8008326146152