Amarone is the most famous wine of Italy's Valpolicella. Distinctly rich, this red wine is like no other in the world. High in alcohol, with intense flavors and aromatics, the beauty of Amarone is found in the painstaking effort that goes into producing each bottle. First, you need about 23 pounds of grapes for each bottle. For comparison sake, the average non-Amarone wine produced in Valpolicella requires 2 pounds. Then you need to dry the grapes on straw mats until they dehydrate into raisins, before you can even begin vinification. The raisins are then pressed and aged according to traditional methods, to extract that signature rich, smooth, and full-bodied style. Some of the best-known producers of Amarone like Quintarelli and Bussola fetch over $500 a bottle. The Wine Buyer found one that's under $30 and rated 90+ Points from The Wine Spectator & James Suckling! Don't miss this perfectly rich, full-bodied, elegant Italian red for the winter!
"Ripe and crunchy blueberries and plums here, together with hints of chocolate, bark and walnuts. Medium-to full-bodied with a fine, chalky tannin structure and vivid acidity. Rich and intense, with delicious dark-fruit character and notes of wet leaves and spices to close. Drink or hold." James Suckling, 93 Points
"A medium- to full-bodied version, with aromas and flavors of baked black cherry, Grand Marnier liqueur, spice cake and eucalyptus that are rich and expressive. Shows juicy acidity and firm, fine tannins, with hints of dark chocolate and fresh earth on the finish. Corvina, Rondinella and Molinara. Drink now through 2028." The Wine Spectator, 90 Points