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Michele Castellani Cinque Stelle Amarone Valpolicella Classico 2012 Wine Review

Michele Castellani Cinque Stelle Amarone Valpolicella Classico 2012

Michele Castellani Cinque Stelle Amarone Valpolicella Classico 2012

Veneto D.O.C., Italy

Community Score:95/100

Community Reviews: 4

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Price: $56.95

Drink: 2016-2025

Bottle size: 750 ml

Alcohol: 15.5%

Sweetness: Extra Dry

Wine Type: Red Wine

Winery: Michele Castellani

Agent: Ian J Campbell & Assoc.

Natalie's Score: 94/100

Black fruit, tar, and mocha dipped graphite. This wine is huge. Full-bodied and delicious Italian red wine from the Veneto region. Lovers of Amarone will love this bottling as it offers a full-palate-flavour of fleshy black cherries and blackberries. There's also some dried herbs and dark spices on the finish. Powerfully crafted for pleasure. Match it with a New York steak.

Amarone Valpolicella Classico food pairings: rib eye steak, sirloin tip roast, long ribs on the barbie.

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This Michele Castellani Cinque Stelle Amarone Valpolicella Classico 2012 was reviewed on November 12, 2016 by Natalie MacLean

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Jon Steeves - Sommelier rated this wine as 95/100 with the following review:

What a gorgeously rich, ripe and plump Amarone. Big-bodied with voluptuous flavour. Dry. Stewed berries, prune, fig, baking spice. Complex, well structured, medium plus acidity, medium tannins and medium fruit. Paired well with braised beef and sous-vide root vegetables. Tasted 2012 vintage in Sept 2017. 95 points. Exceptional value. BespokeTastings
The grapes are dried on woven straw mats (Appassimento) under the Venetian sun to concentrate the wine's depth and flavour. A blend of traditional grapes including 70% Corvina Veronese, 20% Rondinella and 10% Molinara. Aged in large oak casks for 3 years and then in smaller French oak barriques. Produced by Collezione Ca' del Pipa, only 700 cases of this robust Italian red wine were produced. Highly recommended. The grapes are dried on woven straw mats (Appassimento style) to concentrate the wine's fruit sugars and flavours. Cinque Stelle (2012) is a traditional Amarone Valpolicella Classico blend of 70% Corvina Veronese, 20% Rondinella and 10% Molinara. - Community Wine Reviews

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