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Friday, July 17, 2009


I have been making wine for years but it wasn't until I made an Amarone (aw-mah-row-nay) that I completely "wowed" myself. I knew I could make good wine but it was that batch of Amarone that gave me the confidence to open a wine shop as well as a winery. If home winemakers could learn how to make a wine this incredibly good, I wanted to help show them how.

So why is Amarone so special? It is made from Corvina, Molinara and Rondinella grapes from the Veneto region of Northern Italy. Once the grapes are picked from the vine, a portion of them are laid to rest on straw mats for three to four months in a well-ventilated room. This concentrates the flavor of the grapes, lending to the big bold flavors of Amarone. The high cencentration of flavor is also reflected in the sugar content which makes it a higher alcohol yield (approx 15-17%).

So what's it taste like? It is powerful, intense, and has a stunning complexity of vibrant flavors. It is a deep rich red color and its intense flavors and high alcohol make it a full-to-heavy bodied wine. It is packed with rich raspberry, blackberry, almond, with slight hints of chocolate flavors. Due to its high tannins, it has a beautiful long finish. Whether young our old, this wine requires breathing to allow the complex flavors to open up.

Even though it is drinkable quite young, this wine benefits well from ageing a year or two. We offer the two best kits on the market. Wine Expert Amarone concentrate and RJ Spagnols 100% Amarone Juice


by: Lets Do Wine