2013 Pasqua Amarone della Valpolicella Mai Dire Mai, Italy, Veneto, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2013
Score: 
94
Grade: 
A
Current Price: 
$110.00USD

16.5%abv.  This is a blend of Corvina 65%, Corvinone 15%, Rondinella 10%, and Oseleta 10%.  Deep garnet in color, ruby at the rim, mostly opaque and bright.  The nose has cherries, raisins, char, spice, chocolate,  slight cedar and black licorice.  Complex and big.  Full bodied.  Firm tannins.  On the palate the has cherries, some black cherries, and fennel.  Long finish.  This wine is in a great place right now.  It should drink well for another ten years.  Great on its own, this would be great with venison or other slow cooked meat dishes.  

2012 Giuseppe Campagnola Amarone della Valpolicella Classico

Vintage: 
2012
Score: 
89
Grade: 
B+

It was nice to revisit this after 6 years of so.  It really hasn't improved that much.  It is a proper Amarone that is a good value and a good wine.  Ruby in color. The nose has cherries, roasted herbs and raisiny. Dry. Tannins mostly resolved at this point.  Good acidity. Cherries and dried cherries with some char. It won't get better but should drink well for another five years.  

1995 Tommasi Amarone della Valpolicella Classico, Italy, Veneto, Wine Review

Vintage: 
1995
Score: 
92
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$43.00USD

This one had gotten lost in the cellar and I wondered how it held up.  Quite well I would say.  Past prime, but not by that much.  Deep garnet in color, mostly opaque and bright.  The nose has black cherries, dried flowers, spice and some char.  Medium bodied.  Nice balance.  Good acidity.  On the palate, this is certainly drinking well.  Some depth.  Flavors of cherries, black cherries with some char.  Long finish.  This is better with a touch of food, but very good.  Fully mature.  Drink up if you have any but based on this bottle, it should go another five to ten.  This would  be great w

2006 Romano Dal Forno Valpolicella Superiore Vigneto di Monte Lodoletta, Italy, Veneto, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2006
Score: 
94
Grade: 
A
Current Price: 
$210.00USD

From one of the top producers in the Veneto (and most expensive), this Valpolicella drinks like a very good Amarone.  Purple in color, ruby at the rim, mostly opaque and bright.  The nose has raisins, cherries, tar, graphite, and anise.  Full bodied.  Medium tannins.  Enough acidity.  This wine is dry but very high alcohol.  The palate shows the alcohol but plenty of cherries and prunes along with some underlying tar/asphalt.  Long finish.  At age 17, this is a big, high alcohol wine which may be off putting to some and wonderful to others.  It is great on its own but would work better with

2021 Famiglia Pasqua Ripasso della Valpolicella Superiore, Italy, Veneto, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2021
Score: 
92
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$26.00USD

This wine comes from north east Italy.  It is a blend of Corvina, Rondinella, Corvinone and Negrara grapes.  To make a Ripasso styles wine, the wine, after fermentation, is poured over the leftover pomace from the Amarone.  This gives the wine a bit more stuffing than a regular Valpolicella.  Ruby in color, clear and bright.  The nose has cherries, Heering liqueur, and spice.  Medium to full bodied.  Medium tannins.  Good acidity.  On the palate, this is tasty with cherries and black cherries with underlying char and spice.  Long finish.  Nice on its own, but better with food.  This would g

2012 Cesari Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Il Bosco

Vintage: 
2012
Score: 
93
Grade: 
A
Current Price: 
$93.00USD

A blend of 80% Corvina and 20% Rondinella.  Deep garnet in color.  Slightly flat.  The nose is nice with stewed fruits, figs, cherries and spices.  Full bodied.  Nice acidity.  On the palate, prunes, cherries and spice.  Depth.  Nice finish.  This is drinking well now.  It is dry but with a feeling of sweetness.  Nice finish.  This is nice on its own but better with food.  It would work well with Eggplant Parmesan.  Drink over the next seven to ten years.  

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.  

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