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Why do we love this wine?

Backing up the 98pt gold medal-winning 2014 of this wine is the… um… 98pt gold medal-winning 2015. Did someone say something about consistency? Either Luciano Arduini has Luca Maroni in his pocket, or the wine is absolutely, irrefutably, irrevocably, equally as good as last year. Or both, because… well, Italy. 

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Blackcurrant
Plum
Spice
Full-bodied
Grippy
Bold

Amarone (dry red wine from semi-dried grapes; brings more concentrated flavour, acid, body… everything) is going crazy right now in Nordic countries, and they basically soak up its whole production, so we’re lucky to find such a great example.

Luciano Arduini are one of the top producers of this style, yet you’d expect to pay triple figures for any example, let alone one of the best. But here we are with something that smacks of fruitcake, super-rich chocolate and spice, plus heady wafts of oaken-rich deliciousness. There is nothing in moderation here. More is more is more. So don’t come back asking for anything else. This is it.


Awards

Luca Maroni
Luca Maroni

What’s ‘Amarone’ and ‘Ripasso’? We asked Head of Buying, John

“Valpolicella Classico is traditionally made red wine from the Valpolicella region, in the northeast of Italy near beautiful Lake Garda. For Amarone, grapes are picked and then dried in the sun on racks. It’s a dry style of red wine, but drying the grapes concentrates the fruit flavours, acidity and resulting alcohol - basically taking everything up a notch. Ripasso is when Valpolicella wine is fermented a second time on the pressed skins of Amarone wine - ‘re-passed’, if you like. Ripasso tends to have a little bit of the rich, dried fruit characters of Amarone and the lightness of touch of a Classico style Valpolicella, with a bit more tannin - often considered the best value in Valpolicella and a nice way to ease into the polarising style of Amarone.”

Wine Nerd Stuff
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Specs

Region
Italy
Vintage
2015
Cellaring
2027
Preservatives
Sulphites
Alcohol by Vol.
16.0%
Closure
Cork
Bottle Vol
750mL
Blend Info
60% Corvina, 20% Corvinone, 15% Rondinella, 5% Molinara
Serving Temp.
17.0°C

Winemaking

Crafting

Region

Italy
Food Union
The rules are there ain’t no rules, but here are some foods we think will work pretty well with this wine...

Goes with

Beef
Hard Cheese
Lamb