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| ||Tasted by robertgf on 5/7/2013 & rated 89 points: age showing (885 views)|
| ||Tasted by Vino Me on 4/29/2013 & rated 87 points: 50th birthday party. Dark red. Cinnamon and rosemary on the nose. Full bodied. Notes of leather and roses. Slightly acidic. Suggest drinking this now. 87 points (994 views)|
| ||Tasted by wdlohr on 10/9/2011 & rated 87 points: Thick red color but not black. After a 45 minute decant I smell leather and dry fruit. Extremely dry body with long building taste of green pepper, power, hollow exit. (2770 views)|
| ||Tasted by rebro on 1/29/2011: Veldig god (3381 views)|
| ||Tasted by michigan dogs on 1/18/2011 & rated 90 points: opened the bottle about 5 hours before drinking, very nice, drinking well now, good value , esp. for an amarone (3049 views)|
| ||Tasted by MichaelF on 2/9/2010 & rated 91 points: A little tight right out of the bottle with little to offer on the nose. One hour in the decanter, and this opened into a very nice wine. Some soft spices, start anise, cinamon on the nose, cranberry and plum in the mouth. Very silky, not jammy or over extracted. Long, elegant finish. Very little tannins. (3627 views)|
| ||Tasted by Patrik H on 12/19/2009 & rated 86 points: Doft: Kryddig, utvecklad doft med mycket bär. Körsbär, del blåbär och även choklad.|
Smak: Kom inte upp i samma standard som doften. Körsbär, russin och hetta från alkohol,
Ett mycket prisvärt vin. (3652 views)
| ||Tasted by michigan dogs on 8/9/2008 & rated 90 points: wine is drinking very well now. Decanted before drinking, very smooth, little tannins. 2nd day noticed a little more fruit. mineral nose? I have previously had several bottles, this was the best and needs to be decanted. (4156 views)|
| ||Tasted by BillB656 on 6/4/2008: Right out of the bottle this wine has vibrant aromas of plum and cedar. It’s extremely silky on the palate and the wine is very flavorful with cocoa dusted, very ripe, but not jammy, plums. While the wine has heft it has really no tannic structure to speak of. Overall this is a fairly easy drinking, simple but tasty wine for near term drinking. (4370 views)|
| ||Tasted by jsclaypoole on 3/17/2008: powerful and extremely flavorful; excellent (4431 views)|
| ||Tasted by Fast Freddy on 1/11/2008 & rated 94 points: Tobacco. Leather. Amazing. Didn't even decant. Glad I've got a few more bottles, but don't know how long I'll wait to drink based upon tonight. (5240 views)|
| ||Tasted by mpholiday on 12/1/2007 & rated 87 points: Bright red in color, almost like a cranberry juice texture. Even a slight "bite" to it. Very fruity. Drank the first glass with no decanting - bottle was a little cold, so it will be interesting to see how this one develops in the next day as it warms a bit. (4938 views)|
| ||Tasted by Highmountain on 7/21/2007 & rated 88 points: Drack i Ljugarn till lammytterfile. Mycket bra och prisvärd amarone. Bättre än den betydligt dyrare Bolla. (5069 views)|
| ||Tasted by knudwig on 6/16/2007 & rated 86 points: Goes great with lamb dishes (5296 views)|
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Luigi Righetti Producer web site
2003 Luigi Righetti Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Capitel De' Roarihttp://www.vinmonopolet.no/is-bin/INTERSHOP.enfinity/WFS/store-vmp-Site/no_NO/-/NOK/v_ViewProductDetail-Start;pgid=9d2EoLuOy6E000IN_MH7Dpfw0000Vl08x9tu?ProductUUID=9bIKdlGlFzIAAAEInMxkSkQj&CatalogCategoryID=&JumpTo=OfferList
Corvina Blend Variety info
Corvina Blends, per Wikipedia are comprised of the following varieties:
Molinara, etc 5-25%
Italy Italian Wines (ItalianMade.com, The Italian Trade Commission) | Italian Wine Guide on the WineDoctor
Veneto Credit to WineCountry.it for this article
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
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.