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Roccolo Grassi Valpolicella Superiore 2012 (750 ml) Tenuta Sant'Antonio Selezione Antonio Castagnedi, Amarone della Valpolicella 2013 (750 ml) Bolla Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2013 (750 ml)
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.
V 93

Very deep ruby. Aromas and flavors of coffee and cocoa complement red cherry and dark plum nuances. Smooth and dense with hints of raisins and figs macerated in alcohol emerge with aeration on the long smooth finish. Easygoing yet very concentrated Amarone that boasts noteworthy purita. My guess is this will be ready to drink sooner than most other 2013 Amarones.

- Ian d'Agata, Vinous (May, 2017)
WS 88

A balanced, easy-drinking Amarone, with lightly chewy tannins framing the kirsch and mandarin orange peel flavors and smoky dark chocolate and spice notes. Fresh, open-knit finish. Drink now through 2021.

- Alison Napjus, Wine Spectator (2018)
Musella Amarone della Valpolicella 2011 (750 ml) Tedeschi Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2013 (750 ml) Cantina di Soave Rocca Sveva Amarone della Valpolicella 2011 (750 ml)
WE 91

Aromas of exotic spice, baked plum, leather and menthol lead the nose along with a whiff of crushed purple flower. The smooth hearty palate delivers mature blackberry, prune, cinnamon and pipe tobacco while velvety tannins provide seamless support.

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

Pretty violet and spice notes accent this rich red, set in an elegant frame, showing saturated flavors of black cherry coulis, herbes de Provence and fig cake layered with fine, dusty tannins. Drink now through 2025.

- Alison Napjus, Wine Spectator (Feb, 2018)
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)
Cesari Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Il Bosco 2011 (750 ml) Corte Rugolin Monte Danieli, Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2010 (750 ml) Masi Serego Alighieri Vaio Armaron, Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2011 (750 ml)
WS 93

An aromatic thread of woodsy spice and dried thyme notes winds around the grippy tannins and layered flavors of baked cherry, singed orange peel, coffee liqueur and tar. A rich, balanced, full-bodied red, with good concentration through to the spiced finish. Best from 2020 through 2031.

- Alison Napjus, Wine Spectator (May, 2018)
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 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)
Michele Castellani Ca' del Pipa Cinque Stelle, Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2012 (750 ml) Fornaser Monte Faustino Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2009 (750 ml) Roccolo Grassi Amarone della Valpolicella 2012 (750 ml)
WS 93

A dense, well-knit red, offering finely sculpted tannins and rich cherry compote, forest floor, baking spice, date and singed orange peel flavors, set on a silky palate. Long and aromatic, with hints of mocha, citrus zest, spice and smoke echoing on the chewy finish. Drink now through 2027.

- Alison Napjus, Wine Spectator (Oct, 2016)
WS 92

Finely balanced and mouthwatering, with a plush mix of dried cherry and raspberry fruit, Earl Grey tea and subtle hints of woodsy spice and smoke, backed by sculpted tannins. Drink now through 2026.

- Alison Napjus, Wine Spectator (May, 2016)
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).
Dal Forno Romano Valpolicella Superiore 2009 (750 ml) Gerardo Cesari Bosan, Amarone della Valpolicella 2008 (750 ml) Zyme Kairos Veronese 2012 (750 ml)
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)
Bosan Amarone is produced from a single vineyard of 5 hectares located in the prestigious Illasi Valley. Concentrated and full-bodied, Bosan displays jammy, raisined fruit flavors. Ripe red cherry notes envelope the palate, while subtle cocoa and vanilla notes follow on the lengthy finish. The finest dried fruit is vinified in stainless steel using the traditional Amarone production method unique to the Valpolicella and then aged in a combination of French and Slavonian oak barrels for 3 years.
WS 93

Eucalyptus notes and a waft of mesquite smoke underscore the fig cake, dried cherry, cocoa powder and orange zest flavors in this dense and chewy red, which is rich and expressive, with a long, spiced, silky finish. A blend of more than a dozen local and international grape varieties, both red and white.
Tedeschi Capitel Monte Olmi Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2010 (750 ml) Masi Serego Alighieri Vaio Armaron, Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2007 (1.5 Liter) Gerardo Cesari Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2010 (5 Liter)
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)
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)
Dal Forno Romano Amarone 2006 (750 ml) Pra Amarone della Valpolicella 2008 (3 Liter)
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)
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)