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.
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.
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.
My first time trying this producer and I came away impressed. Garnet in color, mostly clear and bright. The nose has cherries, dried cherries, roasted herbs and dust. Full bodied. Medium tannins. On the palate, there is nice cherry fruit, some black cherries, with a slight warmth. Long finish. Plenty of depth with nice acidity. This is great on its own and would work well with a nice plate of pasta. Drink over the next ten years.
This is a lovely Amarone that delivers a lot for its price point. It is a blend of 85% Corvina and 15% Rondinella. Garnet in color, mostly opaque and bright. The nose is great with black cherries, plums, dried cherries, slight char and roasted herbs. Full bodied. Medium tannins. On the palate, lots of fresh and dried cherries with some underlying roasted herbs and spice. Nice balance.
From one of the top producers in this part of the world, His Valpolicellas are better and more serious than most Amarones (and more expensive, too). This is a blend of 70% Corvina, 20% Rondinella, 5% Croatina and 5% Oseleta grapes. Purple in color, opaque and flat. This is a dense, concentrated wine. The nose has cherries, cedar, leather, dark chocolate and a hint of VA (just enough to raise the aromatics without being off putting). Full bodied. Concentrated. Firm tannins with a lush texture. On the palate, this is teeth staining and delicious. Cherries, black cherries, with some
From Magnum. Pop and pour, it took about 45 minutes to open. Deep garnet in color, mostly opaque and bright. The nose has cherries, slight prunes, slight dark chocolate, raspberries and spice. Full bodied. Dry. On the palate, cherries, raspberries, chocolate with an underlying earthiness. Nice acidity. Great mouthfeel. This is still on the young side, but should be about at peak from a 750ML. Drink over the next ten to twelve years. This drinks well on its own but worked great with a variety of Italian foods.
Another "lesser" wine from Bussola. And yes, while his Amarone's are amazing, they are also pricey. This Valpolicella is much more affordable and even in a poor vintage like 2014, he made great wine. This is a blend of Corvina, Corvinone, Rondinella, Molinara and other grapes. Fifty percent of the grapes for this wine are harvested in September and are dried for 3 months.
Dal Forno makes some of the best Amarone. Unfortunately, the price is prohibitive. That said, his Valpolicella's are better than most Amarone and while expensive, they can be worth doing. This one certainly was. So much better than a bottle tasted five years ago that was tight, oaked and unforgiving. This bottle has really started to show a glimpse of its best. Purple in color, mostly opaque and bright. The nose has black cherries, black raspberries, slight vanilla, cloves and leather. Full bodied. On the palate, this has up front black cherry fruit with underlying spice and dried
This is a desert wine from one of the world's great winemakers. At age 19, this is fresh and drinking great. Tasted from a 375ml bottle. Purple in color with ruby hues. The nose is pretty with black cherries, dried red currants, slight mint and milk chocolate. Full bodied and viscous. Sweet but nowhere near cloying. On the palate, this is rich with cherries, black cherries, slight simple syrup, dried herbs and slight alcohol. Long finish. This is complex, contemplative and also delicious. It should easily go another decade or more. This is one to sip a small glass with on its own