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Date Printed: 8/30/2014
Bertani Amarone 1999
Bertani Amarone 1999
(search item no. 89835)
collectible wine

Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 8/30/2014: $85.00

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2004 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
1996 The Wine News rating: 93 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Grape varieties: 70% Corvina Veronese; 25% Rondinella; 5% Molinara

Vinification: After harvest, ripe, unblemished grapes from the uppermost portions of each cluster -- those grapes richest in sugar and extracts -- are painstakingly detached and laid out to dry on cane mats. The mats are stored on raised platforms in airy lofts, sheltered by a roof but otherwise exposed to drying breezes on all sides. By the time they are ready to undergo maceration and fermentation, they will have lost up to 60% of their water content. A lengthy maceration period ensues, a factor responsible for Amarone's tremendous body and structure. After a controlled fermentation, the wine is transferred into oak casks for a period of 5-8 years during which it is racked twice annually prior to bottling.

Color: Deep garnet red

Bouquet: Generous aroma of freshly picked cherries mingled with notes of sour cherry, vanilla and an agreeable trace of spiciness.

Taste: Dry, full bodied and amply structured. Cherries, red berries and a hint of vanilla lead into a dazzling finish that recalls walnuts and hazelnuts.

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About Bertani:

Located near Verona in the province of Veneto in northeast Italy, Casa Vinicola Bertani is one of the region's most important and influential wine producers. Bertani produces a full spectrum of the classic wines of the Veneto and has enjoyed a reputation for quality from the start.

Bertani was founded in 1857 by brothers Gaetano and Giovan Battista Bertani. Prosperous wine merchants who believed that quality winemaking held the key to the future, the Bertanis invested their funds in buying some of the finest vineyards in the province and making their own wines. Consequently, unlike most other local producers, Bertani owns its own vineyards and so is able to oversee the entire winemaking cycle from start to finish.