Speri Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Sant' Urbano 2006
Other Red Wine from Veneto, Italy
Deep ruby nectar, rich bouquet of spice & ripe red fruit.
Wine Enthusiast - "A thick and juicy Amarone with rich layers of chocolate, exotic spice, black cherry, blueberry tart and tobacco. It feels dense and rich in the mouth and its natural heft would stand up to sharp cheddar. "
The Wine Advocate - "The 2006 Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Vigneto Sant’Urbano is a beautiful, firm wine. Sweet, perfumed cherries, roses, leather, licorice and minerals come together nicely in this deceptively mid-weight, structured Amarone. Ideally the wine should be opened at least thirty minutes in advance to allow for some of the small imperfections in the bouquet to blow off. This is a gorgeous effort from Speri. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2026. "
Wine Spectator - "There's a lovely nose on this wine, offering blueberry, mineral and floral notes that follow through to a full body, with subtle fruit and a firm, polished tannin structure. The polish and beauty to this is right. Best after 2011. 8,200 cases made. "
International Wine Cellar - "Deep ruby. Some earthy reduction on the nose clear with aeration to reveal blackberry and herbal notes. Juicy and stylish Amarone if less rich and dense than the 2007, with red fruit and underbrush flavors lingering nicely on the smooth finish. The grapes were air-dried for roughly three months."
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Notable FactsThe wine of Soave is most common white wine made here. Occasionally you can find an exceptional Soave, but for the most part the wine is easy-drinking and refreshingly pleasant. For the reds, the most popular are Amarone and Valpolicella – both made primarily from the good structured Corvina grape. While Amarone is always made in the recioto method (drying out the grapes to intensify the flavor), Valpolicella has a few different levels. Amarone is made from very ripe grapes, which are then dried and then pressed, producing an opulent, concentrated, full-bodied wine that has a distinctive and powerful taste that stays with you. Not for the lighter fare meal, this wine is almost port-like and delicious with cheese and/or dessert. Valpolicella can also be made in the recioto method, but it's more often found in a dry style – the wine goes up in rank, from Valpolicella to Valpolicella Classico to Valpolicella Classico Superiore. And finally, the bubbly of Veneto – Prosecco. Made from the same-named grape, Prosecco is less fizzy than Champagne and occasionally has a slight sweetness. It's absolutely delicious as a value aperitif.
A little ditty about Italy...This country has about as many wines as its had governments. With 20 different regions, hundreds of DOCs and even more indigenous varieties, the amount of wine made in Italy is mind-boggling. Most of the juice, however, remains in the country for thirsty Italians. Wine is food in Italy and its rare that a meal is consumed without a glass of vino. That said, it's not common to find many folks drinking wine without food either. In turn, it's a match, and a mighty good one at that. In fact, it's safe to say that Italian wine is a foodie wine – one that goes on the table for a myraid of meals.
For regions, the most popular are Tuscany (home of Chianti), Piedmont and the Tre-Venezie, which includes Veneto, Trentino Alto-Adige and Friuli. Other communes of note are in Southern Italy, and a few good wines are made elsewhere in the country. The islands of Sardinia and Sicily are members of the Italian winemaking community as well.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.