2010 Montechiara Amarone (Previously $25)

SKU #1125498

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: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/29/2014 | Send Email
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If you're a fan of Amarone you might be balking at the price of this wine and think that it is nothing, but it is really a great value, and yes it does taste like Amarone. OK, maybe a mid-week Amarone but you're not paying the Weekend prices either. This wine has a lush palate presence, and a ripe but focused center, not raisiny just dense fruit, if you're a Zin lover this wine will rock your boat!
Drink from 2014 to 2017

Staff Image By: Illya Haase | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/16/2013 | Send Email
Happy Holidays!!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!

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Alcohol Content (%): 14.5