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Amarone (Italy)

Amarone from the Valpolicella wine region is one of the finest Italian wines.

The main grape is Corvina (70%) followed by Rondinella and Molinara.

Typical Flavors


Cherry
Cherry
Plum
Blackberry
Plum
Plum
Prunes
Prune

Raisins
Raisin
Fig
Fig
Violets
Violets
Spices
Spices

Oak added Flavors:

Vanilla
Vanilla
Chocolate
Chocolate
Tobacco
Tobacco
Oak
Oak

Black Cherries, Black Berries, Plum, and Raisins are typical Amarone flavors.

Hints of Peppery Spices, and Earthy flavors like Coffee and Oak.

Profile

Amarone tends to be full bodied:

BODYFull
TANNINSMedium - High
FRUITMedium - High
ACIDITYMedium
Serving temperature:
17-18°C (63-64°F)

Food Pairing

Pasta
Pasta
Pizza
Pizza
Risotto
Risotto
Cheese
Cheese
Sausages
Sausages
Salami
Salami
Ham
Ham
Hamburger
Hamburger
Chicken
Chicken
Goose
Goose
Lamb
Lamb
Pork
Pork
Wild Boar
Wild Boar
Deer
Deer
Steak
Steak
Chocolate
Chocolate

Amarone has a powerfull personality.

It pairs well with both Venetian Cuisine and Asian cooking.

It is also great sipped alone as a Meditation Wine.

Pairing Suggestions

Excellent Pairing:
Savory Dishes. Amarone Sauce. Soups.
Spiced Chicken. Chicken Teriyaki. Roast Duck.
Rustic Stew. Pork Stew. Wild Boar.
Lamb. Veal. Osso Buco.
Beef. Braised Ox. Grilled Steak.
Any Meat Braised in Amarone.
Game. Deer. Venison.
Reindeer. Elk. (in Scandinavia).
Chocolate.

Cheese:
Chesese and Fruit. Big Flavor Cheeses.
Aged Cheeses. Asiago. Manchegeo. Parmesan. Pecorino.
Blue Cheeses. Gorgonzola. Roquefort. Stilton

Veneto Spesialities:
Pappardelle alla Lepre (Ribbon Pasta with Hare).
Risotto all'Amarone.
Pasta e Fasoi (Pasta and Bean Soup).
Bigoli col sugo de Anara (Pasta with Duck Sauce).
Fegato alla Veneziana (Calf Liver).
Pastisade de Caval (Horse Stew).

About Amarone

The typical grape varieties in Amarone are Corvina Veronese, Rondinella, and Molinara.

Amarone is made with dehydrated grapes (raisin) to add full body, cherry, plum, and pine rasin notes. This wine was born out of a mistake: Recioto was left to ferment too long, resulting in a dry wine that became Valpolicella`s star.

Amarone has been produced for many years, but has gained very high international popularity in recent years.

The wine is fully or partly produced from dried grapes (Passito). This makes the wine fuller and more alcoholic (min. 14%).

One of the DOC(G) rules demands that the wine output from the dried grapes must be less than 40%.

Amarone Drying

Amarone grapes are dryed in large drying houses.

Amarone DOC(G)

Amarone became a part of the Valpolicella DOC in 1968, and a separate DOCG in 2010.

Amarone DOCG (Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita):

An average Amarone can last 10-15 years in a cellar.

The Valpolicella Wine Region

The wines from the Valpolicella Wine Region range from light style Valpolicella to strong style Amarone and dessert wine Recioto:

  1. Valpolicella: the Lightest.
  2. Ripasso: the Bolder.
  3. Amarone: the King.
  4. Recioto: the Sweet.

Veneto

Veneto is famous for its capital Venezia, and the wines Prosecco, Soave, and Amarone.

The Ideal Glass

The Bordeaux glass is perfect for medium to full bodied red wines.

It is taller than other red wine glasses, and has a slimmer bowl.

The large size of the glass allows the fruit bouquet to develop. It smooths out rough edges, plays down tannins, and allows the wines to achieve balance.

The slimmer bowl sends the wine directly to the back of the mouth for maximum taste.

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