AMARONE DELLA VALPOLICELLA, THE WINE OF ROMEO AND JULIET
Amarone della Valpolicella is a red wine whose production area is spread over the entire foothills of the province of Verona, from the Garda Lake to the border with the province of Vicenza.
The Climate here is quite temperate due to its proximity to the Garda Lake and, thanks to the protection of the Lessini Mountains to the north, rains are not frequent. The soil composition is also very important; mainly limestone, rich in minerals due to its volcanic origin.
Amarone is a wine that is obtained by fermentation of the dried grapes of the typical Valpolicella vines, that are Corvina, Rondinella and Corvinone.
In the first two weeks of October the grapes are selected, only those that have been completely ripened. Then the grapes are placed on wooden “plateaux” in a single layer. The “plateaux” are placed one on top of the other in an airy and not very humid place.
The process of drying the grapes takes about three months or even more. It depends on the amount of water in the grapes, under a strict control of airing and humidity to avoid the appearance of moulds and to take care of the proper drying as the external climatic conditions change when winter arrives.
At the beginning of February, the grapes are pressed and the skins are macerated for up to 30 days, so that the sugars, due to the yeast process, are gradually converted into the alcohol.
In order to be qualified as Amarone, the fermented must have a maximum residual sugar of 1.1 grams per liter; that means that all the sugars have been transformed into alcohol.
After fermentation, the Amarone wine is aged in barrels for at least a minimum of 3 years to a maximum of 5 years.
What are the main sensory qualities of Amarone della Valpolicella?
Amarone della Valpolicella has a garnet red color, smooth tannins, well-rounded, smooth and pleasant taste.
Amarone is characterized by the perfume of ripe fruit, wild raspberry, cherry compote, licorice, chocolate, tobacco and coffee; in the older wines sometimes you can perceive a smell of musk.
The minimum alcohol is 14°, but the most mature wines can reach 17°.
To taste Amarone in the best way it is preferable to use ballon wine glasses which allow the wine to breathe, and serve it at a temperature of 18°/20. Amarone della Valpolicella is an exquisite wine to be pairing with seasoned cheese and game, and roast stews. Amarone della Valpolicella is the fundamental ingredient of one of the most refined dish of Verona city, risotto all’Amarone.