Amarone della Valpolicella DOCG wine

Appassimento - drying of Corvina grapes indoors for Amarone wine

Rich and concentrated, with serious ageing power, Amarone della Valpolicella is one of Italy's most unique wines. It's made using the appassimento process, using partially dried grapes which are picked earlier than usual while they're still high in natural acid. Drying the berries indoors helps to concentrate sugars and flavours before fermentation. The best examples of this world famous wine can sit in your cellar for ten to twenty years.

Amarone was originally part of the Valpolicella DOC. In 2010 it was upgraded to the more prestigious DOCG designation. The wine laws state that Amarone must be aged for the minimum of two years to qualify for the Rosso standard, and four years for Riserva.

What does Amarone taste like? Cherry, chocolate and spice are the main flavours you'll find in this rich wine. As it ages, notes of dried fig and brown sugar start to develop. It has high acidity, high alcohol and lots of velvety tannins.

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