Le Ragose Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2007

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This is a benchmark Amarone from a small, family-run estate. Just to the north of Verona, at the highest point in the Valpolicella zone, lies the famous 30 acre Le Ragose estate, founded in 1969 by Arnaldo and Marta Galli. Their children, Paolo, Marco and Marina have now joined them to oversee every aspect of the estate, and all picking and care of the vineyards is done by hand in the steep vineyards. To make this Amarone, only the ripest recie ('ears') of the grape bunches are picked in late October, then dried under shelter in the open air on flat wood crates until January or February, which is called the 'appassimento method'. Fermentation of the raisined, non-botrytis affected grapes is done in temperature-controlled, stainless steel tanks with indigenous yeasts and can last 20-30 days. Aged one year in stainless steel and then for 4-5 years in traditional, large Slovenian oak casks. The average production is a mere 600-700 cases per vintage.

Amarone is a powerful, intense wine of 14-16% alcohol with a concentrated black cherry jam fruit flavor, yet the wine is dry. Dense and super ripe, while still polished and harmonious, this finishes rich and dry with firm tannins allowing for long bottle aging. Pair with roasts, red meat, duck and pasta dishes, or after dinner with chocolate or cheeses, especially from Italy. One of our favorite soft Italian cheeses to pair with this wine is Langa La Tur.
Category Red Wine
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Country Italy
Region Veneto
Appellation Amarone della Valpolicella
Brand Le Ragose
Alcohol/vol 14.5%
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Wine EnthusiastSteeped prune, vanilla, resin, exotic spice and crushed blue flower aromas lead the way on this concentrated wine. The rich, dense palate delivers blackberry jam, raisin, licorice and mocha while firm, glossy tannins provide structure.

Kerin O'Keefe, December 31, 2015

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