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Roccolo Grassi Valpolicella Superiore 2012 (750 ml) Bolla Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2013 (750 ml) Musella Amarone della Valpolicella 2011 (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.
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)
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)
Tommaso Bussola Recioto della Valpolicella Classico DOCG, Veneto 2012 (500 ml) Cantina di Soave Rocca Sveva Amarone della Valpolicella 2011 (750 ml) Cesari Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Il Bosco 2011 (750 ml)
The wine is of a brilliant and intense ruby color. The nose offers intense aromas of a fruity nature. The taste is sweet, seductive, soft and eminently elegant thanks to the rich tannins and to a balsamic note on the finish. It is very persistent. It should be served at room temperature and it is ideal with desserts and unbeatable with fine pastries, chocolate pralines and soft fruits like strawberries.
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)
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)
Tedeschi Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2014 (750 ml) Corte Rugolin Monte Danieli, Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2010 (750 ml) Le Salette Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2014 (750 ml)
Tedeschi Amarone della Valpolicella is made with late harvested grapes, which are dried on racks in controlled conditions for 4 months after the harvest. In January following the vintage, the grapes are softly pressed and fermented. The result is an intense wine, bursting with spicy, leathery aromas, with a concentrated mix of cherry and chocolate flavors.
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 90

Aromatic, with hints of pink peppercorn, orange peel and dried rosemary, this firm, savory version is framed by light, taut tannins, offering flavors of crushed currant, blackberry and game. Smoke-tinged finish. Best from 2019 through 2024.

- Alison Napjus, Wine Spectator (June, 2018)
Michele Castellani Ca' del Pipa Cinque Stelle, Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2012 (750 ml) Masi Serego Alighieri Vaio Armaron, Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2011 (750 ml) Le Salette La Marega, Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2013 (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 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)
WE 93, V 92, WS 91

Alluring aromas of exotic spice, purple flower, dark-skinned berry and a balsamic note lead the nose. The concentrated palate delivers dried cherry, ripe plum, mint, licorice and a hint of game alongside velvety tannins that wrap around the finish. It nicely balances weight and finesse.

- Kerin O'Keefe, Wine Enthusiast (Dec, 2016)
Fornaser Monte Faustino Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2009 (750 ml) Roccolo Grassi Amarone della Valpolicella 2012 (750 ml) Gerardo Cesari Bosan, Amarone della Valpolicella 2008 (750 ml)
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).
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.
Zenato 'Sergio Zenato' Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Riserva 2012 (750 ml) Masi Serego Alighieri Vaio Armaron, Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2007 (1.5 Liter) Pra Amarone della Valpolicella 2008 (3 Liter)
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)

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)