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(2016) A typically bruising 15.5% abv for this Amarone, made from partially dried Corvina, Corvinone and Rondinella grapes laid out to partially dry for 90-110 days before fermentation and aged in French oak barriques. Lovely kirsch and red liquorice lift, elegant flower notes and masses of red fruit, onto the palate, a smooth cocoa and mocha character underpins the fruit, intense sweetness of cherry and blackberry very nicely balanced by creamy oak, tight and smooth tannins and plenty of tangy acidity. It's a characterful wine that would be wonderful with some venison for example.
(2016) This is the middle-ground wine, fermented on the dried skins of the Amarone grapes, and the same grape blend. It has something of the red liquorice and kirsch lift of the Amarone, a touch of spicy tobacco and a nicely solid, black fruit ripeness. In the mouth this is super-smooth, creamy stuff that is suffused with rich berry flavour, but that hint of tobacco and toast, and the edge that grips with liquorice and tart plum skins is delicious. A really enjoyable wine - exuberant and yet darkly-hued and firm.
(2008) Another blend of local Corvina, Rondinella and Molinara, this time made by the "appassimento" method, when all grapes are dried for a few months before vinification, by which point they are concentrated and raisined, and weigh only around 35% of their harvest weight. It has lovely dried herb and earthy, savoury character with notes of smoky Lapsang souchon tea leaves and dark cherry fruit. The palate has lovely life and vibrancy, with a crisp cherry edge to chocolaty fruit and silky tannin structure. Very good balance. , AG Wines, Tesco, Oddbins, and see all UK stockists on
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