2009 Bertani Amarone della Valpolicella Classico

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    About the wine

    Bertani’s impact on Veneto wine making, particularly in Amarone production, is so considerable that ‘Bertani’ and ‘Amarone’ are nearly synonymous. Their 150+ year history is dotted with groundbreaking initiatives and royal accreditation. While respectful of their past, Bertani strives towards innovation, using progressive techniques and equipment allied with extensive experience and a deeply felt respect for tradition to provide wines of uncompromising quality.

    The grapes come from the Tenuta Novare vineyards at Arbizzano di Negrar, in the heart of the Valpolicella Classica area. Their 220 ha vineyards are covered with calcareous-marl soils and are devoted exclusively to the production of Amarone.

    Aging: 6 years in Slavonian oak barrels. 12 months in bottle before release. 

    Tasting notes: Firstly there are the typical notes of plum, cherry, and morello cherry on the nose, followed by a great variety of tones: nuts, tea leaves, licorice, and spices. On the palate, there are hints of red berry fruits, softened by plush vanilla notes, in perfect harmony with the acidity and tannins. It can be drunk with red meat, game, mature cheeses, but it is also perfect as a meditation wine at the end of a meal.  


    A really beautiful Amarone that shows fresh, glazed cherries, red licorice, dried nutmeg, caramelized orange peel, dried rose petals, hot stones, and red-plum essence. Medium to full body, really tight and compact tannins, pinpoint acidity, and a long, spicy finish. So dry, linear, and well defined. Drink now or hold. ~95 James Suckling

    Bottled in January 2017 and released to the market during the upcoming April edition of Vinitaly, 2009 was a warm, dry vintage just as in Bordeaux, yet favored here by a drastic range of diurnal and nocturnal temperatures. The wine is full of youth apparent by the color and almost estery on the nose, with a bright cherry aroma accentuated by notes of bay leaf and a peppery finish. The acidity is still quite racy undermining firm, ripe tannins while balancing high alcohol (15,5%). Bottle aging will help to give way to the beloved, restrained Bertani style. Drinking Window 2020 - 2040 ~94 Decanter

    This opens with quintessential Amarone aromas of baked plum, dark spice, underbrush, leather, and pipe tobacco. The full-bodied palate offers dried cherry, prune, toasted hazelnut, star anise, and clove set against fine-grained tannins. Drink through 2024. ~92 Wine Enthusiast

    A subtle red, with a hint of smoky mineral underscoring the dried cherry, cocoa powder, and dried thyme notes. Fresh and elegant, framed by fine tannins and offering a lingering, silky finish. Drink now through 2025. ~91 Wine Spectator

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