Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Tommasi 2012

Country
Italy
Region
Veneto
Producer
Tommasi Viticoltori
Grape(s)
Corvina (60%), Rondinella (30%), Molinara (10%)
Type
Red
Style
Complex
Oaked Style
Oaked
Body Style
Full bodied
Dry/Sweet Style
Not applicable
Alcohol Content (%)
15
Closure Style
Cork
Organic/Biodynamic
No
Vegetarian/Vegan
Vegetarian: Yes, Vegan: Yes
Allergens
Sulphites: Yes, Milk: No, Egg: No

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Region

A wide and temperate agricultural region stretching from Venice to Verona and north to the Alpine foothills. In the west around Lake Garda, are the important generic wines – Valpolicella, Soave and Bardolino. Much of Italy`s commercial Pinot Grigio and Merlot is grown further east, but the Prosecco grape makes the region`s distinctly fashionable sparkling wine. However the recent popularity of Amarone and Ripasso has really re-established this region as one of Italy best wine growing areas and quality is out of all recognition from the light carafe wines of the early 80`s.

Producer

Tommasi Viticoltori is a family firm founded in 1902 by Giacomo Tommasi. It is situated in Pedemonte, in the heart of the historic Valpolicella Classico region which extends to the northwest of Verona, Italy. From grandfather Giacomo’s tiny vineyard, the Tommasi estate has grown steadily over the course of years and today extends over 135 hectares of hillside vineyard blessed by mother nature, not only by a magnificent landscape, but more importantly by its perfect suitability for grapes. Today the estate is run by the 4th generation of the family.The family owns exceptionally well situated estates for the production of high quality white wine in the DOC. regions of Soave and near Lake Garda for Lugana, Custoza and Bardolino (red wine). In addition, it has vineyards in Valdadige (a valley created by the Adige river in the mountains north of the province of Verona).

Tasting Notes

Produced from the three Valpolicella grape varieties of Corvina Veronese, Rondinella and Molinara, cultivated high on the hillside terraces. After harvest the grapes are placed directly onto small open racks and brought to the open sided building where they are dried by the cool breezes of autumn and winter until the following February. The wine then undergoes a period of aging of at least four years in oak barrels before bottling. The colour is an intense ruby red, with a warm and intense ripe nose, whilst on the palate it is complex, smooth and full bodied, with clear shades of dried grapes.

Food

Amarone is a wine for special occasions, particularly with red meat roasts, game and ripe cheeses.