Saturday, July 14, 2007

Salvalai Amarone Della Valpolicella Classico 2003 Wine Review (NW)

Tasting notes:

Cherry, red berries, and spices on the nose- which opened slowly
Tight core of fruit on the palate
Finishes with moderate tannins, raisins, and brown sugar

After deciding this wine was a little tight- and probably too young to drink- I decanted it for an hour or so. The wine slowly opened up to show nice layers and continued to evolve in the glass as the evening went on.

I didn't know much about this wine, as it's not readily available in the United States. As a result, I decided not to get my hopes up even though I really like Amarone. They can be very special wines when done well.

At first, I wasn't impressed. But after considerable air, the wine began to show its stuff. Still, I think we drank it too young as good Amarone can age for extended periods of time. Because of this, I've decided to go back for a couple more bottles to stash away for longer-term cellaring.

I paid $30 for the wine, which isn't much by Amarone standards. If it does continue to evolve in the bottle and improve with age, this will prove to be a tremendous bargain price. Raise a glass!


  1. Anonymous5:16 AM

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  2. Anonymous1:13 PM

    Drank 2 bottles of 2004 in N.Y.C. last week with a buddy of mine at dinner, was fantastic. After some searching on the net found a case in a liquor store somewhere on the outskirts of Manhattan.Still trying to find more, it was that good.