Full Body, Dry (Corvina, Rondinella). DOCG. Alc 17%.
Surely the most affordable and healthiest Amarone on the island! Famous Italian red from prestigious family-run estate with generations of experience in the vineyards of eastern Valpolicella.
VINTAGE NOTE: 4/5 "Excellent" WSG (Wine Scholar Guild).
This is an important wine* from Italy - one of the most famous styles and still very unique! Likewise, TASI is a unique winery**.
TASTING NOTES: Expect pronounced fruit notes (sense of whole fruit; blackberries; black cherries, black plum) plus violets, black pepper and liquorice, with some hints of pastry and pie crust; a rich and smooth mouthfeel with a long finish. Overall a very rich, spicy wine. Pair with a steak or rich dishes, or aged cheese.
* Amarone is also known as a 'straw wine' from the straw mats traditionally used to dry the grapes (appassimento is a process of drying the grapes to reduce down to 40% of the original liquid, concentrating the flavours and sugars, which can take 100+ days of drying) - this is how the wine gets its deep, rich character! The name translates to "great bitter" because originally the wineries in the area made sweet wines from the local grape varieties, but one day a winemaker let the fermentation process finish completely (the yeasts were left to turn all the sugars to alcohol) creating this new dry wine with a comparatively bitter taste.
** After spending years studying and reviving their land that had previously been a quarry (depleted of nutrients etc), this energetic winery continues to follow the philosophy of minimal intervention wines.
FYI: In a local Veneto dialect 'tasi' means "hush" and according to the winemakers it is a "call to shut up, to everybody who takes themselves too seriously" so we suggest you slow down, hush and take a moment to enjoy a sip of healthy vino by TASI.
LEARN MORE: Follow this link to a podcast by Wine For Normal People that's useful for understanding more about the Valpolicella area (plus production methods for Amarone and Ripasso)!
MEET THE WINERY: Click here to read more background on this biodynamic estate.
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