Bertani Amarone: 40 years of tasting from 1967 to 2007
Are you a frantic lover of Italian wine? Which kind of Italian you into if you are one? A vertical Amarone tasting day sounds like a good day ? To me yes! I was quite glad to be invited by SpikeWineCellar’s Westley to Bertani vertical tasting a week ago held by Mr. Stefano Mangiarotti, the Export Director of Bertani and Sino Vantage Wines at Domani which I suggested the resto bar earlier (the fact I had my birthday party held there twice can’t hide my love for it)
Amarone is one of Italy’s wine treasures that is loved by wine drinkers looking for ripe fruit, power, roundness and a sense of adventure in their red wine. It is also know as Amarone della Valpolicella, a typically rich Italian dry red wine made from the partially driedgrapes of the Corvina (40% – 70%), Rondinella (20% – 40%) and Molinara (5% – 25%) varieties. The name Amarone, in Italian, literally means “the Great Bitter”; this was originally to distinguish it from the Recioto produced in the same region, which is sweeter in taste. To me, Bertani’s Amarone seems to be a cross between a port and a cabernet. It is grown and made in the Veneto region of Italy. After harvest, ripe, unblemished grapes from the uppermost portions of each cluster — those grapes richest in sugar and extracts — are laid out to dry on cane mats (the process is called appassimento). The mats are stored on raised platforms in airy lofts, sheltered by a roof but otherwise exposed to drying breezes on all sides. By the time they are ready to undergo maceration and fermentation, they will have lost up to 60% of their water content, and a series of aromas and pre-aromas are formed. A lengthy maceration period ensues, a factor responsible for Amarone’s tremendous body and structure. Because it is such a big wine, it can usually stand to age for decades.
It’s such great way to get up closer and personal with Amarone and Bertani, the combination of raisiny and sweet black fruit can make Amarone an irresistible temptation. Checked on wine searcher later the night and not surprise they have a strong price tag too! It’s surely a wine personal and I started to like it more.