Saturday, March 24, 2007

Bolla Amarone della Valpolicella 2003 Wine Review (NW)

Tasting notes:

Raisins, cherry, and rich spices on the nose
Medium-bodied and fruity core, tightly wound
Somewhat tannic, youthful finish with more spice

I had the pleasure of drinking this wine three times in the past month. My tasting notes are fairly consistent from bottle to bottle. In general, I think this wine is a nice "entry level" Amarone. It's entry level in price and in quality. While it has some of the characteristics of the better Amarone's priced from $60-$120, you don't have to break the bank. This wine costs around $40, which is towards the lower end of the Amarone prices.

My conclusion from each tasting is that this wine is too young to drink right now. It needs at least a couple more years to soften and become more integrated. However, don't miss the opportunity to try it now in order to make your own assessment- especially if someone else is paying as was the case with two of my bottles. Raise a glass!

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