The Mystery and Beauty of Amarone
The essence of Amarone’s excellence lies in the passito process. In this traditional method of production, the grapes are dried in a cool airy room (called fruittai) for up to four months.
At the end of the process, the grapes lose 30% to 40% of their weight, resulting in a concentration of sugar. That sugar is converted during the fermentation process into alcohol at a significant level of about 15%.
The resulting rich elegance of Amarone makes it a connoisseur’s delight.
Indeed it is. The wine ages for 12 months in large Slovakian oak barrels with 20% aging in small French oak casks. It also undergoes malolactic fermentation and gets another six to eight months of bottle aging before release.
A visual as well as a taste treat, the wine is “leggy” with long wine “tears” in the glass after a swirl. The color is also unique, a deep red with orange highlights on the rim.
Our conversation certainly did flow as we enjoyed the Amarone. The wine is lush and smooth, lingering on the palate. The artistry of winemakers is evident. The wine is rich, supple and warming. Flavors of cherries and fruit preserves mingle in happy harmony.
As you can tell, we recommend Amarone very highly. We suggest you celebrate 80 years with Cesari. This bottle retails for $60.
Full disclosure: This bottle was received as a marketing sample.