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Sartori Corte Brà Amarone Della Valpolicella Classico 2009

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There are 16 user submitted reviews for this wine.

Monique Sosa rated this wine as 90/100 with the following review:

Yummy! Dried dates, mocha, tobacco and leaf aromas dominate the aromas. The palate shows similar notes with a notable a chocolate and minty eucalyptus finish. Overall, this is a rich full-bodied wine with well-balanced acidity, integrated alcohol, and a long finish. Pair with aprés dîner hard cheese and preserves platter. Tasted Dec 2016 - @sommsosa bespoketastings.ca
Sharon Aubie rated this wine as 86/100 with the following review:

Beautiful nose of cherry, plum and cloves on the nose. Full bodied blackberries and leather on the palette. I found the tannins a bit high, 'hit over the head' and perhaps this would benefit from cellaring for a bit longer.

If opening now, pair with some heavy hitting dishes that could stand up to this one. Think beef, pepper, star anise, strong cheeses, walnuts, bitter greens.

(Tasted November 28, 2016)
Gwen Barton rated this wine as 92/100 with the following review:

Lovely, rich amarone wine. Big nose and flavours of cigar, dark chocolate and jammy fruit. Peppery, smokey finish with grippy tannins that hang on for a while. A few more years in the cellar- then look out!
Douglas McMillan rated this wine as 90/100 with the following review:

Dried plums, stewed cherry, chocolate, and dried herbs in the aroma, and a taste of dried and stewed fruit. Big, rich, and powerful. This wine is perfect for roasts and stews.
Jennifer Havers rated this wine as 90/100 with the following review:

Lovely! Aromas include leather, dried fruit, vanilla, and oak. Nice lingering flavours of cranberry, fig, and spice. Nice tannin, long finish. Try with strong cheese and charcuterie.
Cherie Cole rated this wine as 93/100 with the following review:

Luscious dark fruit, smoke, oak and vanilla on the nose. Full-bodied, grippy tannins and flavours of dried, dark fruit, smoke and sweet spice. Lingering dark dried-fruit finish. Tasted November 27, 2016.
Melanie Aubert rated this wine as 90/100 with the following review:

There is a lot going on in this wine. Still lots of mouthwatering acidity even after 7 years. So much ripe fruit like dark cherry, fig, prune and then mint to balance it out. Delish. Pair with a wintery beef roast.
Jon Steeves rated this wine as 93/100 with the following review:

Fantastic Amarone with typicity. Dried figs, dates, savoury herb and a hint of pomegranate. Lovely rich, complex, well structured with lively dried fruit aromatics. Long finish with persistence of dried cranberry, fruit cake and fig. Tasted Nov 2016 Rated 93/00
Sylvain Segard rated this wine as 92/100 with the following review:

Great food wine. Rich and intense aroma of stewed prunes and dark fruit, A dry wine with slightly jammy fruit that is ever so nicely balanced with lots of mellowed tannins. The wine is a bit hot at 15.5%, but the alcohol is offset with a long juicy acidity and a stewed plum finish. It will pair very well with hardy meat stews or barbecued steaks. Score 92. (Reviewed Nov. 27, 2016).
Luc Delorme rated this wine as 94/100 with the following review:

Rich, stewed fruit on the nose with a bit of pepper and anise shows a bit of sweetness on the palate while maintaining some acidity. Nice grippy tannins integrate well with the jammy flavours of this full-bodied wine. Well-rounded and mouth-filling, this old-world wine has some significant crowd appeal. Lingering notes of stewed fruit and spice hang on as the tanning dry the mouth. Try this instead of California Cab with grilled T-Bone steaks for a change.
Jane Staples rated this wine as 94/100 with the following review:

From the highly esteemed Sartori Winery in Verona, Italy, this dark garnet gem gives very fragrant tart cherry, dried fruit, vanilla and sweet spice aromatics, followed by a rich, flavourful palate with velvety layers that echo the nose, plus savoury notes. Mouth-watering acidity, satiny texture, long rich finish. This would be a great wine to pair with rich game, venison or duck, or with rich desserts like Christmas cake and mincemeat pie. Ideal gift wine.
Tasted Nov. 2016
Lori Kilmartin rated this wine as 93/100 with the following review:

I think I am in love! I adore a big red with lots of layers of fruit, smoke and oak. This fits the bill perfectly!! Black fruits, smoke, oak, leather.... and the list goes on. Big tannins that would benefit a bit from some decanting. Long tannic finish with some cigar box at the end (in a good way!). Blue cheese, blue cheese, blue cheese! Tasted November 27, 2016
Colin McKone rated this wine as 93/100 with the following review:

Intense in both aroma and flavour. This Amarone is dark red in colour with aromas of cassis, plum, dried red fruit, cedar, tobacco and leather. Full bodied and well balanced with intense flavours of dried dark berries, plum and black pepper. This will pair well with tomotao based Italian dish, grilled red meats, firm cheeses or as a treat on its own.
David Skinner rated this wine as 92/100 with the following review:

Garnet with a pinkish rim. Aromas of prunes, figs, mushroom, and spice. Dried cherries, plum and chocolate flavours with luscious tannins and nice acidity. Very well balanced and a long finish full of fruit and spice.

Try matching this with a mushroom ravioli and pecorino.
Emilie Ryan rated this wine as 85/100 with the following review:

Presentation: Clean, simple, monochromatic, classic for the region
Appearance: Dark garnet colour
Nose: Medium intensity aromas of leather, cherry jam, cloves, allspice
Taste: Dry to off-dry (a touch of sweetness), high, round tannins, medium acidity, leather, jammy fruit (cherry, plums, raisins), dirt, anise, and alcohol
Finish: On the longer side, sour, jammy red fruit
Overall impression: A very good Amarone. It is well balanced, despite the 15.5% alcohol, and has typical jammy/cooked fruit notes. Have this with heavier, Italian dishes, or dishes with sweeter reduction sauces (e.g., Port reduction).
Value: 3/5
Matt Steeves rated this wine as 92/100 with the following review:

From the storied Valpolicella winery, Sartori's Corte Bra estate vineyard Amarone is a blend of: 50% Corvina Veronese, 30% Corvinone, 15% Rondinella, and 5% Oseleta, producing an elegant, fresh and flavour packed wine that's guranteed to please. Ruby red with a garnet hue, it's packed with sweet dried fruits, dark cherry, plum, spice, and cedar, with a long dried fruit and textured finish. 2009 was a terrific vintage and the Corte Bra is a great expression of that fine year. Tasted September 2016. 92+ pts - Matt Steeves - www.quercusvino.ca




Natalie's Review

Sartori Corte Brà Amarone Della Valpolicella Classico 2009, Veneto D.O.C., Italy: A huge blockbuster Italian red wine that needs more cellar time and decanting when you eventually open it. Rich aromas of black fleshy fruit and smoke. A superbly balanced, savoury, mouth-watering Amarone! Dried herbs, cherry liqueur (but not sweet) and earth. Extraordinary depth and complexity yet elegant with a long finish. Pair with roast beef or prime rib or grilled meats. Drink: 2012-2023. 225540 15.50% D 750 mL  $49.95 Score: 94/100. December 30, 2016 Top Rated Red Wine.  Full Review

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