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WA 88

Bright and easygoing, the 2010 Recioto della Valpolicella Valpantena is loaded tight with blackberry pie, sweet spice, prune, cherry liqueur, cola and baking spice. The wine shows mild sweetness that you definitely register on the palate, but it is not overwhelming. The structure is firm and the finish is driven by loads of fresh cherry. Drink 2014-2018.

Anyone who frequented Verona’s famed Bottega del Vino wine bar in its glory days will remember the Bertani “altar” set up in the downstairs cellar. Carefully erected under its own pool of light, the shrine consisted of important vintages arranged into a giant pyramid with magnum-sized wooden cases at the base. Small church candles flickered at the perimeter. That altar to a single brand, so revered and holy to the Veronesi, always comes to mind when I taste Bertani’s wines. This cherished symbol of Valpolicella is a beacon for those who appreciate the storied winemaking customs of the region. In 2011, Bertani was purchased by Tenimenti Angelini (a branch of the Angelini Group pharmaceutical firm). Despite the new ownership, Bertani remains one of the most consistent producers of traditional Amarone.

- Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2013)
World class red from an artisan producer. Made much a like a dry Amarone, this wine has tremendous depth and complexity with dried flowers and spiced currant aromas and has a silky and savory palate of plum, cherry and finishes with full and succulent tannins. Grilled lamb and rich cheeses are supreme pairs with this marquis red.
WE 90

This robust red opens with enticing aromas of mature black-skinned berry, pipe tobacco, baking spice and crushed violet. The dense hearty palate delivers ripe black cherry, fig, mocha and star anise framed in chewy tannins.

- Kerin O'Keefe, Wine Enthusiast (Dec, 2016)
WS 91, JS 91

Firm tannins are tightly knit to the core of crushed blackberry, wild herb, tarry mineral and abundant spice notes in this sleek, full-bodied red. Fresh and focused, this should open nicely with air or short-term cellaring. Best from 2018 through 2027.

- Alison Napjus, Wine Spectator (March, 2017)
V 93, WA 91

A blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Cabernet Franc and 20% Merlot, the 2008 60-20-20 is aged in new French oak for 36 months. The wine is full and immediate with thick aromas of black fruit, plum, spice cake and cigar box that fit together seamlessly. Pretty accents of dried rosemary or Italian oregano add lift and buoyancy to the bouquet. This is a large and opulent wine in terms of mouthfeel with thick, fruity extract and a delicious touch of soft sweetness on the finish. Drink 2015-2025.

- Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2013)
WE 91

Cassis, blue flower, baking spice, grilled herb and a whiff of new leather lead the nose. The chewy palate offers dried black cherry, mature plum, chewing tobacco and nutmeg alongside fine-grained tannins. Despite its solid structure, it also has elegance and freshness.

- Kerin O'Keefe, Wine Enthusiast (May, 2017)
WS 89

Round and juicy, this balanced red shows light tannins and expressive notes of raspberry preserves, dried thyme, mocha and smoke. Chewy. Drink now through 2020.

- Alison Napjus, Wine Spectator (2016)
A single-vineyard Amarone, the Il Bosco vineyard is nestled in the heart of Valpolicella Classico. The wine is rich with concentrated flavors of preserved fruit, particularly cherries. Aged in a combination of French and Slavonian oak barrels for 2+ years then bottle for an additional year or so, the bouquet is layered with hints of baking spices, cocoa, and toasted nuts through the long finish. A unique and complex production process renders a wine with similar characteristics. Hand-selected grapes are dried prior to vinification in stainless steel tanks. 80% Corvina, 20% Rondinella.
WS 89

Firm and chewy, this offers flavors of black cherry coulis, singed orange peel, date and fragrant dried herb. Juicy, well-spiced finish. Drink now through 2021.

- Alison Napjus, WIne Spectator (2016)
WS 92

There's fine balance to the rich flavors of dried cherry, fig cake, grilled herb and smoky mineral in this rich red, bolstered by burly tannins and juicy acidity. Shows fine length and depth, with ripe fruit and spice echoing on the finish. Drink now through 2030.

- Alison Napjus, Wine Spectator (Feb, 2016)
WS 94, WE 92

Pressed blue flower, ripe black-skinned berry, baking spice, tobacco and leather aromas come together on this round, full-bodied wine. The delicious palate offers juicy wild cherry, raspberry jam, vanilla, cinnamon and licorice while pliant, velvety tannins offer elegant support. It deftly combines power and finesse. Drink through 2024.

- Kerin O'Keefe, Wine Enthusiast (Dec, 2015)
WS 94, WA 92

A dense and smoky Amarone, with long, sculpted tannins and finely meshed flavors of baked black raspberry and forest floor, showing accents of citrus peel, dried fig and espresso. Silky on the palate, this should open nicely with air, while the length and harmony make the case for time in the cellar. Offers a long, spiced finish. Best from 2020 through 2030.

- Allison Napjus, Wine Spectator (Oct, 2017)
WS 91

A dense, savory red, with rich, smoky minerality underscoring the flavors of cherry compote, graphite, herbed black olive and star anise. The supple tannins form a firm, well-knit frame. Spicy and chewy on the lasting finish. Best from 2017 through 2029.

- Alison Napjus, Wine Spectator (Sept, 2015)
V 95, WS 91, WE 91

Well-knit and silky in texture, with refined tannins framing the layers of dried cherry and black currant fruit. Aromatic notes of herb and spice show a deep accent of rich wood smoke that builds through to the lasting finish. Drink now through 2023.

- Allison Napjus, Wine Spectator (Dec, 2013)
The big, big brother of the Grassi Valpolicella, this is delicious & refined with rich ripe plums, bing cherries, oven-baked blackberry jam, with cloves, nutmeg, a hint of cardamom, and pleasing acidity. The finish is endless.

There are only 800 cases made of this wonderful Amarone, and I'm lucky to get any to share. You might find a few dubious bottles of this elsewhere online, but the provenance doesn't get any better than this (we fly it over, straight from Roccolo Grassi's cantina).
WA 94

Here is a beautiful wine from Cesari. The 2007 Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Riserva Bosan shows a darkly rich and concentrated appearance. The wine follows two distinct themes. First, it shows an overtly fruity side with dark tones of plum, blackberry and dried cherry. This is a balanced vintage that exhibits heft, heat and determination. The wine is thick and textured in terms of mouthfeel. Despite the wine's power (the alcohol is 15.9%), it ends on a beautifully elegant note. The blend is 80% Corvina and 20% Rondinella. Some 29,500 bottles were produced.

- Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (May, 2017)
WS 91

An intense and enticing mix of fresh and spicy dried fig, date and raisin on the nose. Full-bodied, with big, silky tannins that coat the mouth and provide for a long finish of spice and mineral.

- Wine Spectator (Sept, 2006)
JS 97, WS 92

Baked currant and fig cake notes are laced with tea leaf, wood smoke and citrus peel accents in this bright, tightly meshed red. Dense tannins provide firm structure. The lasting finish echoes a streak of spicy minerality. Drink now through 2027.

- Alison Napjus, Wine Spectator (Feb, 2017)
Named for the winery’s matriarch, Mara Cesari, thiswine is produced in the extended Valpolicella region near the city of Verona in the Veneto region. Following fermentation in stainless steel, the wine was refermented on the dried grape skins (“the Ripasso technique”). The wine is then racked off for a few months and undergoes malolactic fermentation. Aging takes place for 12 months in Slavonian oak barrels and French tonneaux and 6 months in bottle. A smooth, elegant wine with an aromatic bouquet of ripe fruit and cherries, Cesari Mara Valpolicella Superiore Ripasso boasts a persistent, warm finish.
WA 96, WS 94

Truly drop-dead gorgeous is the 2007 Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Mazzano. I think the 2007 vintage is one of the best expressions of Mazzano ever made. This is a finely elaborate and intriguing vinous creation that shines bright like a piece of classic marble sculpture. There is a subtle gloss and patina to the wine that gives it extra smoothness and silkiness to the touch. Likewise, its aromas of white mineral, spice, blackcurrant and licorice are finely etched and defined. Timeless Mazzano will keep in your cellar for ten years or more.

- Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (Nov, 2014)
WE 92, WA 91, WS 91

Smoke, graphite, blue flower, cedar and black pepper aromas take center stage on this bold, structured wine. Velvety tannins support the dense black cherry, plum and blackberry flavors, while notes of freshly ground pepper and nutmeg add depth. Thanks to fresh acidity it's already surprisingly drinkable but it also displays aging potential. Drink through 2022.

- Kerin O'Keefe, Wine Enthusiast (Dec, 2014)
WE 95, V 94

Aged in cherry-wood casks, this opens with earthy aromas of tilled soil, blue flower, leather, black cherry and baking spices. The delicious palate offers plum cake, nutmeg, baked fruit, cocoa and cinnamon alongside velvety-smooth tannins. It’s both elegant and opulent, and while it’s extremely accessible now, it will also age well. Drink 2015–2027.

- Kerin O'Keefe, Wine Enthusiast (Dec, 2014)

WE 92, WS 91, WA 91

Smoke, graphite, blue flower, cedar and black pepper aromas take center stage on this bold, structured wine. Velvety tannins support the dense black cherry, plum and blackberry flavors, while notes of freshly ground pepper and nutmeg add depth. Thanks to fresh acidity it's already surprisingly drinkable but it also displays aging potential. Drink through 2022.

- Kerin O'Keefe, Wine Enthusiast (Dec, 2014)
JS 98, WE 95, WS 94

Dal Forno delivers one of the world's most impossibly rich and concentrated red wines. Using grapes sourced from the high-density Monte Lodoletta vineyard, this inky, dark expression oozes with syrupy tones of maraschino, dark chocolate fudge, cinnamon spice, crushed clove and barbecue smoke. In keeping with the wine's legendary reputation for long aging potential, the tannins are rock solid at the moment.

- Wine Enthusiast (Nov, 2012)