2017 Monte Santoccio Amarone
2017 Monte Santoccio Amarone Clean, intense and complex aroma or blackberries, plum and cherries jam, balsamic notes and very long finish. Offers up a gorgeous array of crushed flowers, red berries and sweet spices in an ethereal style. The wine has awesome grace and impeccable balance and in the glass acquires superb richness and concentration.
Remember your first kiss? The heightened sense of anticipation, waiting to find out what it would be like? Would it be good, would you do it well, would you do it badly? Did you have a mint before? And then remember the feeling once it was over and that you wanted it to happen again? That is what this is like when you try this wine. Your first sip is full of expectation and apprehension, and then once you’ve tried it once, you want more and more and more!
What is Amarone?? Amarone are unique wines because of how they are made. After the grapes are harvested, they are placed in special Drying boxes and spend normally about 60 to 90 days drying prior to press. Much of the water has been removed from the grape (Picture) and what is left is almost a thick syrup from which the wines are made. The result are wines of huge richness and concentration, tremendous aging potential and the great ones are some of the finest red wines made in the world today.
Do yourself a favor and get this wine. We got a shipment in January and customers have been begging for more ever since. We have been able to secure 20 more cases.
This is one of the greatest wines I have tasted this year. The power, concentration and depth combined with length, elegance and grace are spectacular in this wine. As good as Amarone gets and offers real value. I taste thousands of wines throughout the year. This is a great discovery. The father of Amarone is Giuseppe Quintarelli and is responsible for some of the highest quality wines ever made from Italy. His wine, when available, cost $500 plus for his Amarone. Unfortunately Mr. Quintarelli recently passed away, the future of who will make his wines is uncertain but time will tell. Before his death Quintarelli took on a disciple Nicola Ferrari, who spent years working side by side with Quintarelli learning his secrets, that it is essential to control every part of the wine making process and the vineyards. Nicola decided to strike out on his own purchasing three hectares in Fumane. I can tell you his Amarone is every bit as good as Quintarelli but at a fraction of the price, $500 plus verse $54.99. The “London Telegraph” recently commented “Judging by the two wines I have tasted, Nicola Ferrari is an eloquent successor to his master. I’ve tried a number of Quintarelli Amarone in the last three years, including lately and I don’t think they’re better. Honestly.”
I have just received Nicola’s 2017 Monte Santoccio Amarone to offer. Benchmark quality without the price tag. An Amarone which does everything it should do and more and it costs a fraction of the price of the most famous name in town.