north and west of the historic city center of Verona
approaching the shores of Lake Garda lie the rolling
hills of the Valpolicella wine region. Valpolicella
is Italy's 2nd-largest producer of quality (DOC)
wines, and when it comes to red wine, the area
is dedicated to the production of just three varieties:
Corvina, Rondinella, and Molinara. These are the
same grapes used in the production of Amarone,
Valpolicella's most aristocratic wine.
is a rich, robust wine because the grapes used
to produce it are picked later from just the oldest
vines to ensure full ripeness and character, and
then stored over the winter to dry and become raisins.
Over the four months or so that this occurs, the
grapes will lose 30-40% of their weight, resulting
in intensely concentrated fruit with a very high
sugar content. It also translates to more expensive
wine as it takes over twice the amount of fruit
to produce it.
Amarone is full-flavored, warm, and inviting, with
an intense ruby color, and a complex bouquet of
ripe fruit. The palate shows a perfect balance
of smooth tannins, luscious fullness, and good
acid structure that is quite nice to drink on its
own, or try it with the “Petite Parmesan Baskets”
from our Wines
by Jennifer Cookbook!