Wednesday, October 23, 2013

When it Comes to Wine ... Fall for Amarone

Velvety and voluptuous, the Amarone della Valpolicella D.O.C. Classico Monte Sant'Urbano 2004 from Speri, one of a dozen or so noble family producers of Amarone producing wines only from their own grapes. For a special occasion, the 1990 vintage is exceptional, and showcases the true aging potential of Amarone.  

Speri, “Monte Sant’Urbano”, Amarone della Valpolicella,Classico 2004    

The key to the flavors of Amarone are in the production.  The grapes of Valpolicella are dried out to an almost raisin-like state.  This concentrates the sugars and other flavor components in the juice.  The final product can evoke a sensation of silken chocolate on the tongue with flavors of blackberries, figs, dates, and a touch of vanilla.  This rich wine is the perfect complement to the seasonal wild game dishes of the fall.