Fabiano Amarone Della Valpolicella Riserva I Fondatori 2011, Veneto

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So what is Amarone, why's it so special (and expensive)?
Amarone, ranked as one of the best Italian red wines, doesn't have as long a history as you might think. It started with Recioto, the red sweet wine of the Veneto region. Left to ferment longer than usual, and the sugar turns to alcohol, and it turns dry. Hey presto, you've got Amarone red wine.

This was only discovered in the 1930's, and it wasn't traded until 1953, so don't be thinking the Romans were sipping on this most luxurious of red Italian wines; they weren't

It costs a lot, doesn't it? Sure, but whoever said the best come cheap? To start with, those precious grapes have to be partially dried, naturally, so they lose around 40% of their water content. That's going to give the Amarone wine a luscious, rich, deeply satisfying character once turned into wine.

Often imitated, never equalled, Amarone is a bucket list red wine you've simply got to plump for at least once in your life.

Go on, tempt me Rude, what's it taste like, what do I pair it with?
There's nothing like the real thing, and words won't prepare you for the taste sensation Amarone dishes up. But here goes. You'll smell aromas of black cherry, plum, figs, tobacco, leather, and earth. In short, this is about as intense a 'nose' as Italian (or any other) red wines get. Complex, powerful, smooth, strong full-flavoured, it's a taste sensation. Enjoy with rich, meaty dishes, and it's heavenly with strong hard cheeses. Frankly, a glass of Amarone beside a fire is a rude treat.

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Some call Amarone the 'wine of kings, the king of wines'. It's one of Italy's best red wine experiences. Yes, it's not cheap, but that's just £7.50 a glass (125ml, more than enough for six of your best friends), so not that crazy at all really. And it's a definite 'bucket list' wine. Go on, you need to try this if only once
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£45.00

Percentage Alcohol

16.0

Region

Veneto

Grape Variety

Corvina

Country

Italy

Style

ArrayFull-Bodied Red, Oaked Red

Vintage

2011

Food Match

ArrayBeef, Cheese (Strong), Steak

Vegan

Vegan

Out of stock

£45.00
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The Producer

For over 100 years the Fabiano family have been growing, producing and selling wines from the Veneto region in north east Italy. They began with a wine shop in Venice and by the late sixties were producing their own wine from an estate between Verona and Lake Garda. The winery is now run by the fourth generation, brothers Alessandro and Michele Fabiano, under the watchful eye of their father Nicola.
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The Winemaker

Massimo Mameli is the winemaker, producing the estate's signature Valpolicella blends including the famous Amarone, made from grapes which have been dried on straw mats before being pressed and fermented.

The Region

The Veneto region, with it's unique position between the Alpine foothills and the Adriatic sea produces a dizzying array of styles, from sparkling whites to sweet reds, not to mention the ancient tradition of drying grapes. The grapes of the Valpolicella region, Corvina and Rondinella, are grown on steep slopes with limestone soils, rich in structure. They are trellised on Veronese pergolas raised in terraces bordered by stone walls and all the grapes were harvested by hand.
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