2009 Montechiara Amarone

SKU #1108604

Amarone at this price? I said the same thing myself, but I was really surprised by the quality of this wine. It has the classic richness one would expect of Amarone, and the fruit quality is superb. I’ve had other inexpensive Amarone but they always taste slightly bitter and overly raisiny, but this wine is really balanced and has just a terrific finish. How can this happen, you ask? Well, in these times of economic uncertainty sales of high-priced Amarone have dipped. The folks behind the Montechiara label offer a way for a producer to clear out some inventory without lowering the price on their own label--it happens everywhere, including Napa Valley--and it means YOU can you get some wine that still has character for far less money. Well this wine over-rewards with density, focus, richness, length; it just exudes classic Amarone character. I love relaxing with a glass of Amarone on cold nights sitting in front of the fireplace with a hunk of Parmigiano Reggiano. (Trust me it’s really the way to drink Amarone!) It's still versatile at the table though: barbecue ribs, grilled sausage with polenta or a big dense lasagna; just experiment! Drink through 2016. (Greg St. Clair, K&L Italian wine buyer)

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Staff Image By: Sarah Covey | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/8/2012 | Send Email
Rich fig, lush blackberry, sweet cassis make this the perfect introduction to Amarone! Wonderful acidity and tannin balance this wine perfectly so that it is not sappy and overtly sweet- rather, perfect for robust cuisine! An absolutely incredible value at $24.99!
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Staff Image By: John Majeski | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/30/2012 | Send Email
Peripatetic Roman viticulturists, in need of strong wines that would travel well and help vanquish both enemies and thirst, are credited with creating the first 'appassimento' wines, in which the grapes are first dried on open air mats, permitting much of the water to evaporate to increase the concentration of fruit extract prior to fermentation. Once labeled the 'wine of the Doges' for its popularity with the Venetian aristocracy, Amarone has a rich, fabled history matched only by its profound, intricate depth and almost port-like flavor. The real dilemma for the mindful consumer is often one of price, as premium wines can cost $75 and up. So when we can offer a delicious, balanced expression of Amarone for one-third that price, what on earth to expect? Try round, opulent, dried-cherry, resin, bitter chocolate and tarry flavors— an ageworthy Amarone that, with its inviting array of rich, dark fruits can still be enjoyed in its precocious youth. This wine would make a great holiday gift, sure to bring pleasure to those special wine lovers on your list.
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Staff Image By: Illya Haase | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/26/2012 | Send Email
I LOVE Amarone! Not a lot of wine can you use the words. Big, powerful and elegant. Well, that is what you are getting in this wine. Firm but balanced tannins and very fine acidity help round out the flavorful finish. This traditional blend of Corvina, Molinara and Rondinella grapes that are partially air dried prior to ferment. Once again big, rich, saturated style of wine ready for some hearty winter fare. At this price we will go through this wine before the first nip of winter. This wine can hold up wonderfully for the next 10 to 15 years. So buy it by the case!

Staff Image By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/29/2012 | Send Email
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Montechiara is a great Amarone at a CRAZY price! A special relationship with the producer allows us to get this bottle on the shelf for half of what a comparable Amarone might cost you. A traditional blend of Corvina, Molinara and Rondinella grapes that are partially air dried prior to ferment. This is a big, rich, saturated style of wine ready for some hearty winter fare. Dark red fruited, some roasted or stewed fruit hints but not over ripe or glycerol like. The Montechiara Amarone is gonna fly at this price so grab a couple and see what you think.
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