Corte Figaretto, Amarone Della Valpolicella (Brolo Del Figaretto), Italy, 2008

If you know me, then you’ll know that the Amarone is one of my favourite wines, and probably the wine that got me passionately engaged, with Italian wines in the first place.  So, with that being said, when I made up my mind to delve into Corte Figaretto’s Amarone, I knew I was in for a treat.

Amarone’s, to me anyway, have a distinct smell; one that I love every time and just after the wine is opened.  After you’ve poured yourself a glass of this Amarone delight, you immediate nose scents of plum, and spice, fused with leather. To get the most out of this wine, you should decant and let it sit for at least 30 to 45 minutes.  Giving this Amarone enough time to breath will treat you with a smooth and full bodied, complex wine that keeps giving until the end, which can be long, given it’s lengthy finish.

If looking for ideas on when and where to serve this wine, I will say that it is one of the heavier Amarone’s that I’ve had and even though I thoroughly enjoyed it, you’ll want to be mindful of that.  The other noteworthy thing to mention is that this wine is currently not available in the LCBO, but can be sourced in some restaurants and ordered privately.

Regardless of whether it be on your travels to the Vento region in Italy or to a restaurant with a nicely styled wine list that houses this Amarone, I implore you to try it, whenever you get the chance.

Score – 4/5