12 producers were in attendance in the room ...
The Wines ...
My Top 5 of the Tasting
|Venturini 2008 Amarone della Valpolicella Classico ($55.00)|
wine spends 2 years in oak with 4 months of drying
rich red fruit, hint of chocolate and white pepper with a long spicy finish.
|Nicolis 2007 Amarone della Valpolicella Classico ($65.00)|
rich and juicy with robust cherry intensity and lovely sweetness - real purity of fruit
|Tedeschi 2008 Amarone della Valpolicella Classico ($39.95)|
black cherry with a huge creamy dark cocoa note, good finishing acidity and great value.
|Allegrini 2010 Palazzo Della Torre ($24.95)|
30% appassimento with 70% fresh fruit - single vineyard
smoky licorice with lovely cherry backbone.
|Allegrini 2010 La Grola ($29.95)|
single vineyard wine made with all fresh fruit:
80% Corvina / 10% Syrah / 10% Oseletta
plenty of spice throughout.
|Allegrini 2008 La Poja ($95.00)|
100% fresh Corvina grapes grown in stony soil:
very nice fruit, mineral and smoky combination dark berries with a smoky finish
|Begali 2009 Tigolo ($42.00)|
Corvina and Cabernet Sauvginon get together for 2 months of drying and 2 years in barrel
chocolate, cherry and quite juicy.
|Masi 2009 Seregho Alighieri Valpolicella Dell'Anniversario Classico Superiore ($23.95)|
nice finesse due to the cherry oak barrels this wine ages in,
the minerality and acidity balance it off nicely
|Masi 2009 Brolo Campofiorin Oro ($24.95)|
robust cherry and mocha notes all held together with silky tannins
|Masi 2006 Campolongo di Torbe - Amarone della Valpolicella Classico ($99.95)|
always rich and exciting: cherry, chocolate, hints of coffee and good acidity.
|Musella 2008 Amarone della Valpolicella ($52.00)|
nicely dark fruited with hints of mocha and black pepper.
|Nicolis 2008 Testal ($35.00)|
"testal" means head of the rows where the grapes get a little more sun and dry on the vine;
interesting intensity, licorice (sweet and black) with coffee and mocha, blackberry, cassis and cherry
|Nicolis 2006 Ambrosan - Amarone della Valpolicella Classico ($79.00)|
dried cherry and kirsch notes with nice acidty and intensely spiced.
|Speri 2008 Vigne Monte Sant'Urbano - Amarone della Valpolicella Classico ($69.00)|
baker's cocoa with a cassis and cherry base.
|Tenuta Sant'Antonio 2010 Selezione Antonio Castagnedi - Amarone della Valpolicella ($44.00)|
two years in oak giving it a rich mouthfeel, with cherry, chocolate and hints of spice.
|Sergio Zenato 2011 Lugana Riserva ($27.95)|
one of only a couple of white wines in the room: 100% Trebbiano, 60% oaked
tropical yet with citrus twist of grapefruit and a nice finish
|Zenato 2007 Cresasso ($47.00)|
100% Corvina; mix of fresh and late harvest aged in oak, 60 days dried
lots of lovely rich red fruit, nice minerality on the finish; a good food wine.