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Domini Veneti Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2015

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Winemaker Notes

Amarone is a wine of excellence which reflects the close relationship with Mother Nature, as depicted on the label by the artist Gianni Burato. Full-bodied, with sweet and soft notes of dried fruit, spices and tobacco, it is a wine to be paid attention to and enjoyed at the end of dinner, as well as paired with the highest-quality meats and aged cheeses.

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JS 94
James Suckling
A very rich and complex Amarone that is remarkably fresh and has no hint of caramel. On the palate a lot of power, but this stands on a solid base of tannins and the fresh acidity lifts the full body. Long, bitter-chocolate finish. Drink or hold.
WE 90
Wine Enthusiast
Aromas recalling mature dark-skinned fruit, tobacco and a balsamic note of camphor emerge from the glass. The chewy, brawny palate offers black currant jam, vanilla and licorice alongside firm tannins. Drink through 2028.
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Domini Veneti, Italy
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In 1989, the cooperative Cantina Valpolicella Negrar started an extensive Quality Project that pinpointed locations particularly suited to vineyards. This in-depth study was conducted alongside wine-growers in order to produce high quality grapes. Over the years, their meticulous work has enabled the production of new cru wines and the Domini Veneti label.

Domini Veneti is the name used for the best wines in the Cantina Valpolicella Negrar cooperative range. These wines are named after the lands ruled by the Serenissima Republic of Venice in the 16th century. The Valpolicella area came under its rule around that time. Today, this golden age is reflected in the quality and reputation of the wines in the Domini Veneti range.

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Among the ranks of Italy’s quintessential red wines, Valpolicella literally translates to the “valley of cellars” and is composed of a series of valleys (named Fumane, Marano and Negrare) that start in the pre-alpine Lissini Mountains and end in the southern plains of the Veneto. Here vineyards adorn the valley hillsides, rising up to just over 1,300 feet.

The classification of its red wines makes this appellation unique. Whereas most Italian regions claim the wines from one or two grapes as superior, or specific vineyards or communes most admirable, Valpolicella ranks the caliber of its red wines based on delimited production methods, and every tier uses the same basic blending grapes.

Corvina holds the most esteem among varieties here and provides the backbone of the best reds of Valpolicella. Also typical in the blends, in lesser quantities, are Rondinella, Molinara, Oseleta, Croatina, Corvinone and a few other minor red varieties.

Valpolicella Classico, the simplest category, is where the region’s top values are found and resembles in style light and fruity Beaujolais. The next tier of reds, called Valpolicella Superiore, represents a darker and more serious and concentrated expression of Valpolicella, capable of pairing with red meat, roast poultry and hard cheeses.

Most prestigious in Valpolicella are the dry red, Amarone della Valpolicella, and its sweet counterpart, Recioto della Valpolicella. Both are created from harvested grapes left to dry for three to five months before going to press, resulting in intensely rich, lush, cerebral and cellar-worthy wines.

Falling in between Valpolicella Superiore and Amarone is a style called Valpolicella Ripasso, which has become immensely popular only since the turn of the century. Ripasso literally means “repassed” and is made by macerating fresh Valpolicella on the pressed grape skins of Amarone. As a result, a Ripasso will have more depth and complexity compared to a regular Superiore but is more approachable than an Amarone.

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With hundreds of red grape varieties to choose from, winemakers have the freedom to create a virtually endless assortment of blended red wines. In many European regions, strict laws are in place determining the set of varieties that may be used, but in the New World, experimentation is permitted and encouraged resulting in a wide variety of red wine styles. Blending can be utilized to enhance balance or create complexity, lending different layers of flavors and aromas. For example, a red wine blend variety that creates a fruity and full-bodied wine would do well combined with one that is naturally high in acidity and tannins. Sometimes small amounts of a particular variety are added to boost color or aromatics. Blending can take place before or after fermentation, with the latter, more popular option giving more control to the winemaker over the final qualities of the wine.

How to Serve Red Wine

A common piece of advice is to serve red wine at “room temperature,” but this suggestion is imprecise. After all, room temperature in January is likely to be quite different than in August, even considering the possible effect of central heating and air conditioning systems. The proper temperature to aim for is 55° F to 60° F for lighter-bodied reds and 60° F to 65° F for fuller-bodied wines.

How Long Does Red Wine Last?

Once opened and re-corked, a bottle stored in a cool, dark environment (like your fridge) will stay fresh and nicely drinkable for a day or two. There are products available that can extend that period by a couple of days. As for unopened bottles, optimal storage means keeping them on their sides in a moderately humid environment at about 57° F. Red wines stored in this manner will stay good – and possibly improve – for anywhere from one year to multiple decades. Assessing how long to hold on to a bottle is a complicated science. If you are planning long-term storage of your reds, seek the advice of a wine professional.

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