2004 Bertani Amarone della Valpolicella (Elsewhere $100)

SKU #1091182 94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2004 Amarone della Valpolicella Classico is flat-out gorgeous. Why can’t all the Bertani wines be this good? The 2004 is a superb, elegant Amarone graced with expressive dark red fruit, flowers, tobacco and spices, all supported by finessed, silky tannins. Sweet roses, tar and licorice are woven into the layered, sublime finish. Deceptively medium in body, the 2004 has the stuffing to age well for decades. This is a terrific showing from Bertani. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2034.  (2/ 2012)

93 points Wine Enthusiast

 Aged in traditional oak casks for six long years, Bertani’s beautiful 2004 Amarone delivers the best of Valpolicella. It shows beautiful complexity and elegance that is articulated by tobacco, brown sugar, cassis and sweet tobacco flavors. There’s substance and length on the close with a delicately smoky aftertaste.  (12/ 2011)

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By: Greg St. Clair |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 6/7/2013  | Send Email
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For me Bertani is the quintessential Amarone producer, long barrel aging before release allows the wine to be ready to drink upon release but belie the aging ability. Bertani Amarone ages extraordinarily well,in fact you should check out the 1980 Bertani Amarone to get an idea of what old Amarone tastes like! This wine has incredible depth of flavor, spice, intrigue without the "raisiny" character some Amarone get, yet it is that Amarone richness that separates this wine from a "regular" red wine, not fat yet a depth of opulence that allows the wine to engulf your palate with flavor and texture. If you have had Amarone but haven't had Bertani Amarone you owe it to yourself to try this, expecially at this price!
Drink from 2013 to 2033

By: Mike Parres |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 6/7/2013  | Send Email
I am very fond of this, distinctive notes of traditional fruit like wild cherries, blackberry jam with vanilla. In the back of the palate, you will find walnut and hazelnuts. Wide nose with sweet & luscious impact and a pleasurable dry ending note on this full-bodied Amarone. We have very limited quantities of these, sorry…

By: Gary Westby |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 2/26/2013  | Send Email
When I saw that Greg had opened this wine for our Saturday tasting, I could hardly wait to get into the bar to taste it. This is one of the legendary producer of Amarone, and I have never been let down by their top notch wines. The 2004 Bertani Amarone lived up to my lofty expectations and was certainly the best wine of a very good line up. The wine has dried beef and herbs on its subtle raisiny nose, and a rich full body. It is extraordinarily flavorful without being over bearing, or as many Amarone's can be, to strong on dried fruit. It is meaty and high toned and would make an excellent partner for venison or other game. The best feature of the wine is the finish which shows of the delicate dried rose petal side of this massive, complex wine.
Drink from 2013 to 2044

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Other Red Wines

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Italy

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