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Amarone Opera Prima 2022

Recently I was invited to Verona as a guest of the Consorzio della Valpolicella, to take part to a three day event culminating in the unveiling of the Amarone 2017 vintage.

For those of you not familiar with these wines, here is an introduction:

Amarone della Valpolicella (usually referred to as just Amarone) is an Italian DOCG denomination of typically rich dry red wine, made from the partially dried grapes of the indigenous Italian varieties:

  • Corvina offering cherry, spice, green almond, black walnut. Corvina usually makes up 45% to 95% of the final blend.

  • The rarer Corvinone may be used up to 50% of the final blend.

The high quality of Amarone typically uses the highest percentages of these two varieties and other small quantities of approved red grape varieties: