2012 Romano Dal Forno Valpolicella Superiore Vigneto di Monte Lodoletta, Italy, Veneto, Wine Review
In describing this wine, calling it basically an Amarone, is not correct but a pretty close and useful phrase. It is a blend of 70% Corvina and Corvina grossa, 20% Rondinella, 5% Croatina, and 5% Oseleta. Deep garnet in color, mostly opaque and bright.
Fattori 2020 Valpolicella Superiore Col de la Bastia
Fattori began making wine in 1900 in this Northeastern region of Italy. Now, as a 5th generation run operation, they are turning out wonderful wines. Made from 85% Corvina along with Rondinella, Molinara and a few other varieties, this offers light, bright cherry, black cherry, pomegranate, rhubarb and plum notes. This fairly simple wine is an ideal companion with a diversity of foods. It’s not an aggressive, heavy tannic thing, but a mellow, warm and delightful wine meant to work well with others. Briefly aged, the fruit is perky and beaming.
NV Corvezzo Prosecco DOC Rosé Extra Dry, Italy, Wine Review
This is a blend of Glera and Pinot Noir grapes. Salmon pink in color. Frothy with a variety of sized bubbles. The nose has strawberries and slight apple notes. Medium bodied. On the palate, there is nice acidity. Slightly sweet. Cherries and strawberries. A lingering finish. An enjoyable Prosecco with some depth as well. Very nice on its own, this should work well with food. It would go nicely with roasted turkey or duck. Drink over the next couple of years.
NV Art of Earth Prosecco Frizzante, Italy, Wine Review
This an Organic, semi-sparkling Prosecco from Italy. It is made from 85% Glera grapes, with 15% other allowed varieties. The packaging is attractive. Silvery/green/gold in color with a good amount of frothy bubbles. The nose has minerality and some salinity along with green apples. Refreshing. On the palate, the green apples come thru along with a bit of sweetness. Nice acidity to balance that. Good finish. This is nice on its own and should work well at the beginning or end of a meal. It will work nice with fired calamari and also a not too sweet pound cake.
2016 Masi Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Costasera, Italy, Veneto, Wine Review
One of the ubiquitous Amarones and it usually delivers. Garnet in color, clear and bright. The nose has dust, cherries, black cherries and herbs. Full bodied. On the palate, cherries and slight char. Nice finish. This is drinking well now and should continue for 8 to 12 years, Nice on its own, this will work well with heavier foods such Osso Bucco.
2016 Zenato Ripassa, Italy, Veneto, Valpolicella, Wine Review
This was really nice and as it was less money than their Amarone, a good value. Purple in color, garnet towards the rim, mostly opaque and bright. The nose has black raspberries, slight leather and an herbal note. full bodied. Good acidity. On the palate, black raspberry fruit with some black cherries with spice and slight forest floor. Nice finish. This is very tasty on its own and will work well with a lot of foods. Classsic choice is pizza. Drink over the next eight to ten years.
2016 Tommasi Amarone della Valpolicella Classico, Italy, Veneto, Wine Review
This is a blend of 50% Corvina, 30% Corvinone, 15% Rondinella and 5% Oseleta. Garnet in color, darker at the core, clear and bright. The nose is nice with cherries, black cherries, roasted herbs and slight leather notes. Full bodied. Light tannins. On the palate, this has black cherries, red currants and spice. Nice finish. It is drinking well now and should continue to drink well for another ten to fifteen years. It drinks well on its own and will work well with food such as pasta bolognaise.
2016 Zenato Amarone della Valpolicella Classico, Italy, Veneto, Wine Review
Very impressive showing. This is a blend of 80% Corvina, 10% Rondinella and 10% Oseleta and Croatina. Garnet in color, clear and bright. The nose has cherries, red currants, roasted herbs, dust and slight bitters note. Full bodied. Medium tannins. On the palate, Cherries, plums, red currants with some spice. Long finish. This is deep and complex. Drinking well now, it should continue to so do for twelve to fifteen years. Very nice on its own, but even better with food. It went great with a pasta fagioli.
2016 Cesari Amarone della Valpolicella Classico, Italy, Veneto, Wine Review
Always a nice value in Amarone although the price has crept up. Garnet in color, clear and bright. This is a blend of 75% Corvina Veronese, 20% Rondinella and 5% Rossignola and Negrara. The nose has cherries, dried cherries, dust, chocolate and herbal bitters. Ful bodied. Light tannins. On the palate, this has cherries, black cherries and char. Nice finish. Drinking great now and should drink well for ten to fifteen more. Wonderful on its own, this will work great with hearty food such as Lamb Stew.