Amarone Wine Review
Aromas of licorice and Cherry Coke on the nose with a shaving of bitter chocolate. This is a very flirtatious aroma, with a hint of cardamom and white pepper beneath the surface. Then: flavors go big and texture go smooth and tannins go ripe. The structure is round and big and weighty. On the palate, this is medium to full bodied wine with a load of fresh cherries, a hint of burnt clove, and a lush texture. The finish kicks back the chocolate note and ends with a sleek spiciness.
Wine Rating: 90 Points
This is a very good bottle of modern Amarone della Valpolicella. Recommended for purchase.
Bertani is an old name in the world of Amarone. It was founded by sibling wine merchants, Gaetano and Giovan Battista Bertani. Back then, Amarone wasn’t really a thing. It was a funky passito wine that was both sweet and earthy, kind of like a chocolate covered mushroom. They pushed to improve winemaking and started buying up the better vineyards. They also started exporting their wines and promoting them overseas. In more ways than one, they put Amarone della Valpolicella on the map.
The family-run winery was sold in 2011 to another Italian winemaking company, Tenimenti Angelini. This company owns San Leonino in Chianti Classico, Val di Suga in Montalcino and Tre Rose in Montepulciano, all based in Tuscany.
The sale is probably why we are seeing such good pricing of this wine in the PLCB system and throughout the East Coast right now: the slow liquidation of old inventory is something that often happens after a sale like this.