Opulent, addictive, and powerful, Amarone is a true Italian treasure that every connoisseur should have in their cellar. This month we're featuring three of TJ's favorite producers and three different vintages to help you kick start your new obsession or round out your Italian collection.
*8R* 2013 Tenuta Santa Maria “Riserva” Amarone della Valpolicella (Veneto, IT)
The Bertani family is rooted in Venetian family tradition and philosophy, and it shows in this classic expression of Amarone. Plums, licorice, leather, tobacco, and baking spice all mingle in this full bodied riserva.
*9R* 2015 Zyme Amarone della Valpolicella Classico (Veneto, IT)
Described by the winemaker as simply "The King," this Amarone is made from the oldest vines on their vineyard, which are all organically grown and hand pruned. A nose of ripe morello cherry and baking spice makes way for a savory palate touched with notes of preserved fruit, licorice, and pepper.
*10R* 2014 Tommaso Bussola Amarone della Valpolicella Classico (Veneto, IT)
Tomasso Bussola has been garnering acclaim as one of the top producers in Valpolicella, and it is easy to see why. Comprised primarily of naturally low yielding ancient clones, his Amarone is a tremendous expression of the style. Dried fig, eucalyptus, coffee liquor, and creamy tannins all meld toward an ample, spiced finish.