Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2017
James Suckling 93 Points
RP 91 Points
Tommasi has historically been and continues to be a standard-bearer of the Amarone appellation. The Tommasi family owns vineyards on the most prestigious hills of the Valpolicella region, and they work only with grapes they grow, an important quality decision and reflection of their deep connection to the Valpolicella soil. Through its commitment to quality and tradition, Tommasi has established itself as one of the principal ambassadors of Amarone and the entire Valpolicella region in the world.
Tommasi’s traditional approach to Amarone favors elegance and balance, with deep fruit complemented by spicy, earthy flavors. The grapes come from the family’s choicest plots in Valpolicella Classico.
Needs air to bring out the intense, bright red berries with some dates and spicy, meaty notes. Full-bodied with a tight but forward-driven palate, spurred along by clean acidity and firm, fine tannins. JS
Vine Planting: The vines are grown in two vineyards located in the five key valleys in the Valpolicella Classico area: La Groletta, a south-facing hillside vineyard close to Lake Garda, and la Conca d’Oro, a terraced vineyard which translates to “the golden shell.”
Variety: 50% Corvina, 15% Corvinone, 30% Rondinella, 5% Oseleta
Drying: After harvest, the grapes are placed on small racks in a large grape-drying room known as a fruttaio, where they are dried by the cool autumn and winter breezes until the following February. Over these months the grapes lose about 50% of their weight, concentrating the level of natural sugar.
Fermentation: 20 days, stainless steel
Aging: 36 months / 35 hl Slavonian oak casks, 12 months in bottle
Residual Sugar: 5.58 g/L
Amarone is a wine that one can proudly serve on special occasions, particularly with red meats, game, and ripe cheeses. But it can also be sipped as an ideal companion to enjoyable conversation.
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