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2012 Roccolo Grassi Amarone della Valpolicella

ITEM 8576879 - Removed from a professional wine storage facility; Purchased direct from a distributor

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Smoky dark plums, allspice and tobacco on the nose, with herbal nuances. Moderately dense and sweet, with decent fat and outstanding intensity of flavor and very good acid-tannin balance...herb and pepper elements carrying through to the firm finish...


Italy, Veneto, Amarone della Valpolicella

Amarone della Valpolicella DOCG, usually called simply Amarone, was awarded its prestigious DOCG appellation status in 2009. Though lush, high alcohol content red wines have been made in the Veneto since the ancient Greeks settled there, the popularity of Amarone over the last few decades has resulted in international demand for the wine. Amarone is typically made from 45% to 95% Corvina, blended with Rondinella and other indigenous grapes. The blend is essentially the same as for Valpolicella, but Amarone is made from dried grapes, which gives it a rich, viscous quality and an alcohol content between 14% and 20%. Though Amarone is a dry wine, there is a sweet version called Recioto della Valpolicella. The recioto style wines are included in the DOCG, and the word “ripasso” on label usually indicates the sweeter style.