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2010 Luigi Righetti Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Capitel De' Roari Corvina Blend, Corvina
12/7/2014 - MWiking Does not like this wine:
68 points
This wine is a disaster. One of the worst wines I have had for long time
The wine smells like an ashtray mixed with some kind of cleaning product, maybe there is a hint of alcohol and dark berries as well, hard to say. After some time in the glass it calms down and only the ashtray remains.
The taste is hard to describe, alcohol heat that burns in my chest, cigarettes, coal, and a short finish.
Ok I'm not a amarone fan but this wine can't be a top amarone, it must be left overs. I'm happy I had two great wines earlier the same evening so I was a bit drunk when I had this one. Avoid
  • pwm commented:

    3/2/18, 8:55 AM - Could this have been a defective bottle? It seems hard to believe a wine normally this bad would get so many generally positive tasting notes.

    I've had the occasional bottle (of other wines) that had some similar characteristics. I was told by someone with more experience than myself that it was VA (volatile acidity). It smelled like acetone (nail polish remover) to me. Some of the "stink" blew off leaving a wine with little taste or interest. I have had other bottles of those same wines and vintages as my VA wines which were just fine. (I have the opportunity to buy a 5 liter bottle of this Righetti for a fairly attractive price, but I wouldn't like to get a bad bottle for that cost.)

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