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.