Wine Review – Tommasi Amarone 2011

Tommasi Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2011 wine bottleA strong, balanced Amarone from Tommasi, just as one would expect…

Name: Amarone della Valpolicella Classico

Vintage: 2011

Producer: Tommasi

Region/Country: Valpolicella Classico, Verona, Italy

Grape Varietal(s): Corvina, Corvinone, Rondinella, Oseleta

Consumed: On a cold Canadian Saturday evening

Recommended By: It was a gift

Cost: It was a gift (apparently $49.95 at the LCBO)

Bottle Presentation: Classically Old World

Appearance: Medium garnet colour

Nose: Pronounced nose of cooked/jammy fruit (dark berries, raisins), vanilla, nuts, and leather

Taste: Medium-to-high tannins and acidity, full body, with notes of leather, raisins and fennel

Finish: Long finish of earth, leather, raisins and nuts

Overall Impression: This is a well-made, nicely balanced wine in need of flavourful food. On its own, it would be imposing, but you would expect this. We paired it with an Italian sausage gnocchi in rosé sauce dish, and it did not disappoint. The food brought out more complexity in the wine, with additional notes of earth and black pepper. An excellent wine!

Rating (from 70 to 100): 91/100

Value: 3/5

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