Certainly there are wines which are very subtle and you really need to look deep into them to feel and sense their flavours, and then there are others which nearly knock you out. One which stands out in particular for me is the Amarone. For those who have never tried an Amarone its an explosion of flavour!
To begin with just the colour is amazing, a deep intense, ruby red. Just by looking at it, I had a rough idea of what I was getting myself into. Of course the aromas are just as strong and powerful as I imagined, rich and fruity, along with aromas of red berries and spices. Drinking this wine is the pinnacle of the whole experience. It is intense, rich, luscious, and fruity. It is also very smooth and velvety while at the same time quite thick, and unbelievably fruity!! I really had never tried anything like it, and was completely blown away.! Now to the reason why this is such a unique wine….
In a nutshel Amarone delle Valpolicella comes from the Veneto region in Northern Italy. Amarone is a blend of the Corvina, Molinara, and Rondinella grapes. The grapes after being picked are dried for several months on straw mats in the lofts above the farm houses or barns at the winery before being pressed and fermented. The dried fruit has a higher residual sugar which is mostly fermented away. This results in a dry wine of tremendous depth and intensity; in addition to a generally higher alcohol content, normally around 15% but sometimes even higher. Its this process which makes the wine so concentrated with such a distinct flavour.
I recommend this wine with pasta or red meat dishes, or simply with a nice cheese board. However be careful the fruity flavours leave you wanting more and its a wine which can easily be “sat on” for a long time, so watch the old 15%, it catches up you!!!
The drying process of the grapes