Great showing for this Amarone at age 12. This was served on board the Celebrity Millennium Cruise ship off the coast of Alaska. It is 80% Corvina Veronese, and 20% Rondinella. Purple with ruby swirls, mostly opaque and bright. The nose is powerful with cherries, slight raisins and some alcohol showing. Full bodied. Medium tannins. On the palate cherries with slight char notes. Complex and deep. Long finish. This is nice on its own but would be better with a plate of pasta with truffles in a cream sauce. Drink over the next ten years.
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.
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.
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 a magnum. A blend of Corvinone (40%), Corvina Grossa (25%) and Rondinella (20%). Opened and allowed to breathe for about one and a half hours before pouring. Bussola is in my mind, a close third on the hierarchy of Amarone producers (following Quintarelli and Dal Forno). His wines are pricey but doable. This is his base bottling. Purple in color with some ruby.
This is a very nice Amarone in just the right place right now. Probably at or close to peak but no real hurry here. Deep ruby in color with very slight browning at the rim. The nose is very nice with cherries, slight raisins and other dried fruits, a bit of spice and just a hint of roasted herbs. A voluptuous texture. Slightly sweet/ripe but just perceptible. Layers of complexity. Good acidity that works better with food. Nice finish. Is this a blockbuster? No, but it is an outstanding wine that is around $30 for current vintages.
50% Corvina / 20% Rondinella, 25% Molinara / 5% indigenous varietals. Deep ruby in color. The nose is nice with cherries and baking spice. On the palate, this has deep cherry fruit. Good acidity. Slight tannins. This wine is correct and everything expected for a nice Valpolicella including the price - $18. Will work with medium and heartier foods and if needed, on its own too.
Bussola is one of the top three producers of Amarone. What separates him from the other two is pricing. Bussola's wines are affordable. This is his base wine and it retails for around $50. That is not inexpensive, but it is worth it. One caveat, to really get the full bang for your buck, let them age for a while. This one is still not yet at peak but showing quite well especially with a bit of air. Purple in color with some ruby swirls. On the nose this has cherries, black cherries, tobacco, dried currants, slight sandalwood and prune. Very deep. On the palate, this is dry but fee