Amarone di Valpolicella ‘Alteo’ DOC
By its very nature Amarone offers extraordinary concentration of ripe fruit (the grapes are partially dried before crushing) and high alcohol levels.
Yet this particular juggernaut has been skilfully driven; it handles beautifully and corners sweetly.
Despite its weight it doesn’t lack subtlety and offers a remarkable combination of aroma and taste.
The high alcohol content is accompanied by a particularly marked bouquet of plums, blackberries and cherry syrup, with spicy nuances, reflecting the concentrated sugars resulting from the process of drying the grapes. The effect on the palate of the high alcohol level is mitigated by the strongly fruity taste, dry but very mellow, with clearly defined acidity and well-balanced tannins.
Yes, it’s expensive – but it will repay you handsomely and if, like me, you’re reducing your consumption but not your expenditure on wine, this a wine for you! The Fasoli Gino team recommend drinking their Amarone with red meat, game and mature cheese but come to their senses slightly, when they say it’s also excellent as a dessert wine, accompanying, for example, a hazelnut cake. Utterly memorable!
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