The 2004 Amarone della Valpolicella Classico is flat-out gorgeous...The 2004 is a superb, elegant Amarone graced with expressive dark red fruit, flowers, tobacco and spices, all supported by finessed, silky tannins. Sweet roses, tar and licorice are woven into the layered, sublime finish. Deceptively medium in body, the 2004 has the stuffing to age well for decades.
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Amarone della Valpolicella Classico DOCG
Grape Varieties70% Corvina Veronese; 30% Rondinella
AppellationAmarone della Valpolicella DOC
DescriptionLocated near Verona in the province of Veneto, Italy, Vinicola Bertani is one of the regions most important and influential wine producers. Founded in 1857 by two brothers, Vinicola Bertani owns its vineyards and oversees the entire winemaking cycle.
VinificationHarvest begins in early October. Ripe, unblemished grapes are carefully laid out to dry, losing up to 60% of their water content, yielding concentrated sugar and flavors. Fermentation lasts 50 days. The wine is aged in oak casks for six years.
ColorDeep garnet red
NoseGenerous aroma of freshly-picked cherries mingled with notes of sour cherries, vanilla and an agreeable trace of spiciness
PalateDry, full-bodied and amply structured; red berries and a hint of vanilla lead into finish of walnuts and hazelnuts
AnalysisAlcohol: 15 %pH: 3.46RS: 5 g/LTA: 6 g/L