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Amarone wine is a special wine made only in the Veneto region of Italy. It is a type of Valpolicella wine that is made from certain grapes and a different fermentation technique.
All Bardolino and Valpolicella wine are made from three types of grapes: Corvina, Rondinella and Molinara. These grapes grow in a certain way, and in the old days before technology helped make better wines, only some of the grapes ripened perfectly on the vine.
These grapes were considered the best of the bunch and were hand selected to be used to make the wonderfully sweet nectar known as Amarone wine.
How Amarone is made
Amarone, also known as Amarone della Valpolicella or Recioto della Valpolicella, is made with grapes that are hand selected and then carefully laid out in wooden boxes.
These boxes are strategically placed so air can circulate around the grapes and help dry them. These grapes are left to dry from harvest until January, when they will be raisins, full of concentrated, sugary juice. These sweeter grapes make wines that are higher an alcohol content.
The juice is then fermented for over two months in temperature controlled steel tanks. The wine is then transferred to oak barrels and kept there for two years. Finall the wine is bottled, left to age for another year, after which it is ready to be enjoyed.
Which wine makers produce Amarone?
One of the best and easiest to find producers of this type of Valpolicella wine is Bolla. You can find Bolla wines for under $20, making this a high quality, cheap Italian wine.
Bolla Amarone della Valpolicella is a beautiful deep red color, has a delicious flavor of black cherries and aromas of berries and spices.
Masi Amarone della Valpolicella is also a great find. It is deep red, has aromas and flavors of fruit and light tannins. You can also find this wine for under $20.
Amarone in the $30 range
Riondo offers you a full-bodied Amarone that is deep red with bold flavors and aromas of fruit and spice.
Zenato Amarone is a dark red wine with aromas of fruit and chocolate. It is smooth and has a delicious finish. You can purchase a 375mL bottle of Zenato Amarone here. The full bottle is listed in the $50 to $100 range category below.
Amarone in the $40 range
Santi Amarone is a dark ruby color with strong fruit flavors with a delicious whisper of spices.
Tedeschi Amarone is a deep ruby color with aromas and flavors of fruit and berries.
Begali Lorenzo Amarone Classico is deep red with spicy aromas and flavors. Enjoy this wine with food or by itself.
Amarone between $50 - $100
Masi also produces Costasera Amarone. This Amarone is dark red with aromas of fruit and flavors of the same mixed with a hint of spices. It is considered the benchmark in Amarone.
Tommasi Amarone is a bright red wine with bold aromas of fruit and full-bodied flavors or fruit, spices and sugar. The flavors are bold and full-bodied of fruit and berries.
The full bottle of Zenato Amarone has won critical acclaim from Wine Enthusiast, Wine Spectator and Robert Parker. It is a bright red wine with aromas of fruit and chocolate. On the tongue it is silky smooth with a lovely aftertaste.
Tedeschi Amarone has a deep red color and lovely aromas of red fruit. The aftertaste is reminiscent of the aroma.
Amarone over $100
You can find Amarone for over $100, some for even over $500. Great examples of these high-end wines are from wineries like Dal Forno and Provolo.
Dal Forno Romano Amarone has received awards from Robert Parker, Wine Enthusiast and Wine Spectator. It is a deep red color with nutty-sweet aromas that are reminiscent of port. It is a rich, sweet wine that lasts long after the sip.
Pairing Amarone wine with food
All Italian wine is made to be enjoyed with food. Try Amarone wine with pasta, red meat, chicken, pork or cheese like Parmesiano, Pecorino, Cheddar or Gouda.