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Amarone

Amarone della Valpolicella, which roughly translates to strongly bitter, describes this robust, rich red wine made in Valpolicella, in the northeast region of Italy called Veneto.

The best and ripest of the Amarone dark-skinned grapes of Corvina, Molinara and Rondinella are carefully selected during harvest and gently stored for several months after harvest in cool, well-ventilated rooms so that they dry and concentrate their sugars and flavors.

When they're almost raisins, they're crushed and fermented to create Amarone wine.

My reviews of these Amarone red wines are updated weekly. These Amarone red wines offer great taste at a good price. You'll find a definition of Amarone wine at the bottom of this page as well as food pairings for Amarone in my wine matcher. This is just a small set of my reviews, but you can get all of them when you join my wine community.

 

Cesari Amarone 2006
Valpolicella, Italy
A rich, velvet robe of black cherries and plums. Like walking on rose petals: luxurious and supple, a hedonist's fantasty. Very full-bodied. Alcohol: 14%  Sweetness: Extra Dry  750 ml  Price: $34.95 Score: 91/100

This Amarone was reviewed March 2, 2010 by Natalie MacLean

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Bolla Le Origini Amarone Della Valpolicella Classico 2007
D.O.C., Veneto, Italy
Big, black and brooding with blasted black fruit, tar, smoke. Full-bodied with a full-palate whack on the finish. Pair with hearty meat dishes. Alcohol: 16%  Sweetness: Extra Dry  750 ml  Drink: 2013‐2016  Heavenly Hamburger Wine  Price: $39.95 Score: 91/100

This Amarone Della Valpolicella Classico was reviewed July 20, 2013 by Natalie MacLean

LCBO: 204792  Check Stock
 

Tommasi Classico Amarone Della Valpolicella 2009
D.O.C., Veneto, Italy
Black cherry, fruitcake, dark spices and brooding mystery on the nose. Full-bodied and velvet smooth. Lovely, lovely, lovely. Mouth-filling with some dark plum on a long finish. Classic Amarone. This half bottle size is perfect for nights when you and your dining companion want just a glass and half or so. Amarone Della Valpolicella food pairings: meaty stews, roasts, blue cheese, hamburger, osso buco. Alcohol: 15%  Sweetness: Dry  375 ml  Drink: 2011‐2020  Enchanting Feta Cheese Wine  Top Rated Red Wine  Price: $26.95 Score: 93/100

This Amarone Della Valpolicella was reviewed June 22, 2013 by Natalie MacLean

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Masi Serego Alighieri Vaio Armaron Classico Amarone Della Valpolicella 2005
D.O.C., Veneto, Italy
Ponderously great Amarone! I hear Bach when I drink this wine. Big black cherry liqueur rushes through the heart of this wine. Endless finish for long, languorous nights. Alcohol: 15.5%  Sweetness: Extra Dry  750 ml  Drink: 2011‐2022  Price: $69.95 Score: 92/100

This Amarone Della Valpolicella was reviewed November 12, 2011 by Natalie MacLean

LCBO: 462812  Check Stock
 

Tommasi Classico Valpolicella Amarone Della 2005
D.O.C., Veneto, Italy
Black cherry liqueur runs through this powerfully concentrated red, with some blackberry jam notes and cedar spice. Silky and full-bodied. Alcohol: 15%  Sweetness: Dry  750 ml  Drink: 2009‐2016  Price: $49.95 Score: 92/100

This Valpolicella Amarone Della was reviewed November 7, 2009 by Natalie MacLean

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Amarone

These concentrated sugars ferment to complete dryness, which creates a wine with high alcohol (often 14%-16%), black fruit flavors and a rich, dark color.

Recioto wines from Valpolicella are also made this way, except that fermentation is stopped while there is still some residual sugar left in the wine, creating a rich dessert wine.

Ripasso wines from this region are "re-passed" or re-fermented and have some of Amarone's rich character.

Due to the selection of the best grapes and the involved winemaking method, Amarone tends to be a pricey wine, usually more than $30 a bottle.

Signature aromas include black cherries, kirsch, raisins, plum, prunes, spice, coffee, cocoa and mocha.

Drink Amarone with rich, flavorful foods such as cheddar, parmesan, blue cheeses, polenta dishes, sausage, lasagna, venison, beef daube, casseroles, stews, Mexican Mole, leg of lamb, pasta with tomato sauce and dark chocolate.