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|Drinking window: Drink between 2011 and 2013 (based on 12 user opinions)|
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Community Tasting Notes (average 83 notes) - and median of 90 pts. in hiding notes with no text
| ||Tasted by John Nezlek on 4/29/2015 & rated 90 points: Upon opening, very rich in the mouth with some chocolate flavors. Over time, this seemed to subside, and the rest of the bottle was still very flavorful (425 views)|
| ||Tasted by Mascarello59 on 4/18/2015 & rated 88 points: Very sweet dark fruit and lots of vanilla in an inviting way. Full bodied and packed with fruit but not overly complex. On the other hand a lot better than expectations. Nice maturity level but I would drink up now. (448 views)|
| ||Tasted by NoWineWiz on 3/1/2015 & rated 91 points: Similar to my 2013 notes, but has gained a little weight. Upon opening (PnP), a little acidic bite at the finish but went away after about 15 minutes. Still drinking nicely. (674 views)|
| ||Tasted by John Nezlek on 2/9/2015 & rated 90 points: The best summary I can provide of this bottle is that when I opened it, I promised myself that I would not drink the entire bottle by myself in one evening. It was too good not to finish. (762 views)|
| ||Tasted by mjgkng on 1/29/2015 & rated 90 points: Rich fruit. (797 views)|
| ||Tasted by John Nezlek on 11/14/2014 & rated 89 points: Still a good bottle, but not as strong as it was 3 years ago. Drink up for certain. (1109 views)|
| ||Tasted by winepog on 10/29/2014 & rated 92 points: Brooding and dark. It took a few sips for me to warm up to it, but then it was a little tar, a little dark cherry with a graphite edge. Drinking well. (1152 views)|
| ||Tasted by JoeDittmar on 10/23/2014 & rated 85 points: Sour apple finish. Probably sat too long. Missed its prime (1034 views)|
| ||Tasted by lebo on 2/23/2013 & rated 92 points: Moderately dark ruby color with some browning around the rim. Wonderful nose and palate of dried fruit. Raisins, fig, some woodiness. Great balance and power. (4669 views)|
| ||Tasted by NoWineWiz on 2/17/2013 & rated 91 points: Nose of sweet red fruit, spices (including oak spices) and hints of dried fruits. Full, rich palate was balanced and complex with cherry, a little earth, dried fruit and soft tannin sweetness. This was good. (4223 views)|
| ||Tasted by notudden on 10/5/2012 & rated 91 points: An excellent bottle of wine! Seems that well stored it is still enjoyable with great taste and nice nose. Color is still deep red. Taste is spicy with fruits. (5414 views)|
| ||Tasted by Quarked on 8/28/2012 & rated 90 points: Much, much better than '05. Tobacco on the nose; on the palate balanced fruit, wood (cedar & oak) and acid. Nice wine for the money. (5562 views)|
| ||Tasted by mda7 on 8/14/2012 & rated 87 points: not as good as earlier bottles, have to wonder if it's already past prime. (5745 views)|
| ||Tasted by wicozani on 7/14/2012 & rated 93 points: Shock decanted 90 minutes before pairing with baked rigatoni with tomato marinara and spicy Italian sausage. A deep medium-dark ruby in the glass, an enticing nose of candied red fruits, spices (including oak spices) and hints of dried fruits. Not nearly the notes of prunes and raisins that I we were expecting. Dipping into this was like diving into a beautiful, clear, deep lake! Full, rich deep cherry, red currant, spices and, again, just a touch of typical dried fruits. There is excellent concentration and push through the mid-palate, with excellent supporting acidity, and a 20+ second finish. This was outstanding straight away, and stayed that way for 60 minutes through dinner. Shared with 3, and we all agreed that this was a very impressive bottle of wine, especially given the price. Our last bottle of this vintage (we also have some 2007, which are not quite as good), will try to acquire more. (3004 views)|
| ||Tasted by fuzzyal42 on 5/27/2012 & rated 90 points: Young, tight at first eventually opened up. Will definitely decant for at least an hour next bottle. (3325 views)|
| ||Tasted by sellerscellar on 5/24/2012 & rated 86 points: This is definitely on the down-swing, almost undrinkable. Bricking, fruit is gone, wood is dominant...drink or pour down the sink. Too bad, this has been one of my favorites over the years, great QPR. I just waited too long on these last few bottles... (2699 views)|
| ||Tasted by Mgarfin on 2/27/2012 & rated 91 points: What an idiot I can be. I left the bottle under running water to warm it up from the cellar and forgot about it while I was looking up how to slow cook a leg of lamb. Wife took one sip and yelled at me for ruining a good bottle of wine and she was right. Still drinkable but unfortunately overheating burns off the alcohol and once the process starts it won't stop. Thank god she loves me and agreed to go down and pick another bottle! Still it was good. I took a big glass, added balsamic, a bit of OJ and some ollive oil and poured it around the leg of lamb. I hope the wine gods forgive me. (3330 views)|
| ||Tasted by gcarl on 1/2/2012 & rated 90 points: Not wI expected from an amarone, but I have not consume any this young. Very nice raisin/tobacco nose, with lots of fruit on the palate, especially on days 2-3 after being topped with Argon each time it was opened. (3861 views)|
| ||Tasted by John Nezlek on 12/23/2011 & rated 92 points: More of the same. Great bottle/ Good fruit, good balance, good to the last drop. So happy to have more. (3989 views)|
| ||Tasted by auzarowski on 12/17/2011 & rated 90 points: Initially tight and acidic, this wine opens up after an hour to reveal moderate complexity and earthiness for an Amorone. (4029 views)|
| ||Tasted by truckseller on 9/12/2011 & rated 91 points: Drank at dinner at the Spur...just a great bottle of wine. Kind of tight right off the bat, opened up a bit during dinner, I suspect will be even better when I finish the bottle tomorrow. Nose of tobacco and raisin, big mouthful of black fruit with a very long finish. I haven't had a sip for the better part of an hour and I can still taste it. What a deal for $25 bucks. (4776 views)|
| ||Tasted by John Nezlek on 8/8/2011 & rated 92 points: Simply an excellent bottle of wine. Very smooth, very well integrated. I believe the phrase is seamless. I am a little surprised that it is as good as it is now, only 5 years out, but what the hell.|
Did not decant. Let it breathe for a bit, but it was pretty good to go right away.
Very happy to have a bunch more. My guess is that they will be good for a few more years. (4852 views)
| ||Tasted by email@example.com on 7/23/2011 & rated 89 points: dark red, smell of plums, dried fruit and tobacco.. taste of herbs, pepper and dry fruit.. decently good wine. (5030 views)|
| ||Tasted by MichaelF on 5/4/2011 & rated 88 points: Big nuances of raisinets, a little smoky. Somewhat muddled. (5804 views)|
| ||Tasted by rjrausch on 3/20/2011 & rated 90 points: Good wine. Nice complex flavor. A good wine to sip and savor. (6023 views)|
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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
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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.