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2004 Viviani Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Casa dei Bepi

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Removed from a professional wine storage facility; Purchased at retail

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91Wine Enthusiast

Thick oak and spice aromas emerge from the bouquet, slowly revealing a solid base of cherry fruit, blackberry and and very extracted, dark and chewy wine with an impressively long finish.

90Wine Spectator

...offers raisin, fresh clay, fern and oak on the nose. Full-bodied, with lots of dried fruit and spicy oak flavors, firm tannins and a lingering, spicy fruit 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.