2016 Masi Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Costasera, Italy, Veneto, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2016
Score: 
92
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$52.00USD

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

Vintage: 
2016
Score: 
92
Grade: 
A
Current Price: 
$30.00USD

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

Vintage: 
2016
Score: 
93
Grade: 
A
Current Price: 
$57.00USD

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

Vintage: 
2016
Score: 
94
Grade: 
A
Current Price: 
$55.00USD

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

Vintage: 
2016
Score: 
91
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$37.00USD

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.

2016 Vaona Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Paverno, Italy, Veneto, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2016
Score: 
92
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$31.00USD

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.

2017 Cantina Valpantena Amarone della Valpolicella Torre del Falasco, Italy, Veneto, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2017
Score: 
90
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$40.00USD

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.

2011 Romano Dal Forno Valpolicella Superiore Vigneto di Monte Lodoletta, Italy, Veneto, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2011
Score: 
97
Grade: 
A+
Current Price: 
$110.00USD

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

2014 Tommaso Bussola Valpolicella Classico Superiore Tb, Italy, Veneto, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2014
Score: 
92
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$37.00USD

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.

2005 Romano Dal Forno Valpolicella Superiore Vigneto di Monte Lodoletta, Italy, Veneto, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2005
Score: 
94
Grade: 
A
Current Price: 
$122.00USD

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

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