Deep black cherry ruby with black reflections. The bouquet is fairly rich, with forest berry and black currant fruit supported by hints of sandalwood and slight mentholated accents, with underlying spice. Pleasant. On the palate it’s full and rich, with powerful warm cherry plum fruit supported by sandalwood accents and some warmth, while the tannins are quite smooth, and flow into a clean slightly bitter berry fruit finish with (again) hints of sandalwood. Quite nice, though very young; it will drink nicely now with a hearty succulent roast or a rich stew, but will gain considerably in finesse and elegance as it ages, and will be worth meditating over in the future, say a decade from now.
Of the great Italian red wines, Amarone della Valpolicella is certainly the most exotic: It’s made from a blend of red grapes harvested as usual, and then set on mats to dry until late in the fall, when the sugars are concentrated and fascinating things have happened to the flavors. After a long fermentation and aging what emerges from the barrels is intensely concentrated, with terrific fruit and enticing spice, and also powerful – 15 or more percent alcohol. These wines age well for decades, and add magic to meals featuring hearty stews, rich roasts, or boiled meats. In short, perfect for (very) special occasions.