When the weather starts to get cold and it is the Holiday Season I like to drink Amarone, it always seems to warm me up and make me feel good. I had Amarone for Thanksgiving with Turkey and look forward to drinking more of it in the coming months. Amarone can be expensive so when a friend Michael Romano of Romano Brands sent me this one and said it retails for between 25 and 30 dollars, I had to try it ,I did and I liked it.
The soil is deep clay and the vineyard is at 400 meters. Harvest begins the first week of October. The grapes are pressed and fermentation is in vats and the maceration lasts for 30 days. The grapes are dried for five months on bamboo racks in rooms with good airflow and they loss 30% to 40% of their weight and almost become raisin like. This increases the sugar and acid concentration. The wine is aged in oak casks for 3 to 4 years depending on the vintage. This is an elegant wine with hints of mature plums, dried cherries and raisins with bitter almond on the long finish.