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Roccolo Grassi Valpolicella Superiore 2012 (750 ml) Bolla Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2013 (750 ml) Tedeschi Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2012 (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.
Created from the very finest Valpolicella grapes, painstakingly aged in the ancient manner and bottled in exceedingly small vintages, Amarone stands as one of the world's treasured red wines. Bolla is the first Italian producer to market Amarone in Italy and, in 1957, introduced the 1950 vintage Amarone to the United States. The grapes are specially selected from the upper parts of the grape cluster because they receive the most direct sunshine and therefore are the ripest.
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)
Corte Rugolin Monte Danieli, Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2010 (750 ml) Cantina di Soave Rocca Sveva Amarone della Valpolicella 2011 (750 ml) Cesari Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Il Bosco 2011 (750 ml)
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 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.
Masi Serego Alighieri Vaio Armaron, Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2011 (750 ml) Michele Castellani Ca' del Pipa Cinque Stelle, Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2011 (750 ml) Fornaser Monte Faustino Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2009 (750 ml)
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 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 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)
Allegrini La Poja Monovitigno Corvina Veronese 2009 (750 ml) Dal Forno Romano Valpolicella Superiore 2009 (750 ml) Roccolo Grassi Amarone della Valpolicella 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)
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).
Gerardo Cesari Bosan, Amarone della Valpolicella 2008 (750 ml) Zyme Kairos Veronese 2012 (750 ml) Tedeschi Capitel Monte Olmi Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2010 (750 ml)
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.
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)
Masi Mazzano Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2007 (750 ml) Gerardo Cesari Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2010 (5 Liter) Dal Forno Romano Amarone 2006 (750 ml)
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, 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)
Pra Amarone della Valpolicella 2008 (3 Liter)
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)