1980 Masi "Serego Alighieri Vaio Ameron" Amarone della Valpolicella
This venerable Amarone, with its origins in the vineyard "Vaio Armaron" that likely inspired the very word "Amarone," can easily age for 30 years. The Serego Alighieri, descendants of the poet Dante, have been on the job quite some time longer: since 1353. Amarone is made by the "appassimento" method, where the grapes are dried on bamboo racks until February, when the grapes, a blend of Corvina and other varieties, are pressed, fermented and aged in Slavonian oak, and later aged for a time in cherry wood barrels before bottling. A long-lived Amarone with pedigree.