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| ||Tasted by tsprinkle on 1/27/2013 & rated 89 points: Raisins, cedar, and smoke all alongside balanced tannins. Pleasant acidity and just enough funky earthiness on the nose to keep things interesting. Honestly I was surprised - thought this would be past it's prime but was excellent with Osso buco over Risotto Milanese. (1490 views)|
| ||Tasted by la dut on 4/6/2012 & rated 87 points: Dark, dried fig to brick red with long, very thin tears.|
Definite alcohol on the nose, which is cooling and not drying. Aromas of toasted almond, hazelnut, dark, dried fruit, acetone, and hints of cedar bark.
Powdery, grainy, and very bold tannins, with burning alcohol on the front and mid-palate and acidity that makes these two characteristics all the more harsh. The oxidized, nutty aromas are much less pleasant on the palate, and the wine finishes with considerable heat.
The wine seems unbalanced, despite it's age. It went well with the grilled chicken thighs I made tonight. (2414 views)
| ||Tasted by Teamcrev on 12/4/2011 & rated 90 points: Another good showing. Classic, big amarone. Plenty of tannins still in the mix (though we did pop and pour) so I continue to think there is good age left in this bottle. (2705 views)|
| ||Tasted by gbtgbt on 10/23/2011 & rated 89 points: Very tasty, good flavour. Nice and soft tannins. Very nice with cheese. (2643 views)|
| ||Tasted by jerryorlandoWW on 2/27/2011 & rated 91 points: At the wine barn. We caught this wine at it's peak. Compared it with an '07. Your classic amarone , spice and raisin. The tannins found it's balance. Glad I placed it in the cellar in '04. (2843 views)|
| ||Tasted by Teamcrev on 7/9/2010 & rated 90 points: Very good showing. Classic raisin flavors with lots of tannins still present. This will age for a bit more we feel. Drank within 90 minutes of opening and it got better thru the dinner, so I recommend decanting. (1921 views)|
| ||Tasted by thirtyoneknots on 5/2/2008: Stewed fruit and some spice with the raisiny charactersitics I expected, Drank over the course of being open but not decanted for some 6 hours, it was pretty enjoyable but as this was my first Amarone I have nothing really to compare it to. Based on this I'm not in a huge rush to buy more expensive examples. Pretty dry, would have worked nicely with a braised meat dish. (2199 views)|
| ||Tasted by Cahill on 2/3/2007 & rated 87 points: Heavy nose of spice, leaning toward full bodied, spice and roasted herbs on the palate. Nice effort for the vintage. (2727 views)|
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Corvina Blend Variety info
Corvina Blends, per Wikipedia are comprised of the following varieties:
Molinara, etc 5-25%
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History and Tradition
The first human settlements of the lagoon and the surrounding areas maintained a simple social structure until the arrival of the Romans in the second century B.C. who divided the land into parcels of about 4,800 square meters and distributed those tracts among the locals to be cultivated.
The Romans founded the cities of Verona, Vicenza, and Padova, and named what was then the 10th imperial region, Venetia. Both the Veneto region and the province of Venice (Venezia in Italian) derive their names from the original Latin name of the area. The precursor of the city of Venice that we know today was founded during the Middle Ages when the locals escaped the barbaric invasions that followed the decline of the Roman Empire by taking refuge in coastal areas, islands, and the lagoon’s marshland.
The Venetian trade routes that connected Europe with Asia brought great wealth and general prosperity to the region. In many provinces, especially around Treviso, mulberry cultivation and the breeding of silkworms imported from China brought more affluence and prestige to local residents. With money pouring in from all quarters, Venice began its great building projects, chief among them creating the lagoon and canal infrastructure and systems still enjoyed and used today.
Between the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th centuries following the opening of the Suez Canal, Venice once again became an important port city. Foreign investment financed the creation of the industrial infrastructure of Porto Marghera and freed the port of Venice from the burden of commercial navigation. Improved communications technology has allowed the rest of Italy and the world beyond closer ties to Venice, and has contributed to making Venice into an incomparable tourist destination.
The long period of power and splendor that blessed Venice encouraged the highest quality creations by local artisans. The ongoing request for jewelry, precious fabrics, lace, glass, wood and ceramic products by the noble Venetians shaped the development of typical stores along the narrow calli (streets) of Venice as well as factories both inland and on the lagoon islands. Up to today, popular tourist destinations are the Murano and Burano islands, famed for their glasswork and needlepoint products.
Veneto is among the foremost wine-producing regions, both for quality and quantity. The region counts over 20 DOC zones and a variety of sub-categories, many of its wines, both dry and Spumanti, are internationally known and appreciated.
The three most well known DOCs are Bardolino, from the town with the same name and surrounding the shores of Garda Lake, Valpolicella, and Soave. Other noteworthy wines produced here are the white Bianco di Custoza, the excellent sparkling Prosecco, the Breganze, and the Amarone (a rich and powerful red from the Verona province). If you travel to the Treviso area, look for the little-known Clinton, a wine that is banned from distribution because it does not conform to the DOC standards, but is produced in limited quantities for local consumption.
The importance of winemaking in this region is underscored by the creation in 1885 of the very first Italian school for vine growing and oenology. In addition, Veneto was the first region to constitute the first strada del vino or "wine road". This first wine-touring road featured special road signs providing information on vines and the wines they were made into and joined the Valdobbiadene and Conegliano DOC zones crossing a series of hilly vineyards.
The most appreciated wines in the region come from the provinces of Treviso, Verona, Padova, Venice, and Vicenza. The area around Verona, with its temperate climate and hilly surrounding, is believed to have cultivated grapes since the Bronze Age.
Valpolicella Consorzio of Valpolicella
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Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Wikipedia article
Classification of Amarone Vintages, according to Davidef:
The slopes facing the sunset are the best ones in Valpolicella Classica for producing high-quality Amarone. Here, where the day is longer, the vines that face Lake Garda benefit from the reflection of its light and from its mild climate. Amarone is a unique wine due to its origin, ancient grape varieties and production method (vinification of grapes that have been semi-dried for 3-4 months on bamboo racks). The Costasera Amarone expresses a particular majesty and complexity. Ideal with red meats, game and mature cheeses. An excellent wine for the end of the meal and for ageing.