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Valpolicella Amarone Corte Giara 2017
Allegrini is one of Italy’s foremost winemaking families. Six generations have made wine from the 120 hectares of vines on their beautiful estate in the heart of the Valpolicella Classico area. Their Corte Giara label is for the wines the make as négociants – sourcing grapes from other producers but controlling the production of the wine.
Amarone wines are made from high quality grapes (in this case 70% Corvina and 30% Rondinella) that have been dried in lofts for several months after harvest. The resulting dessication increases the concentration of sugar, tannin and flavours, so the resulting wines have a depth of flavour and intensity that is a huge contrast with ‘basic Valpolicella’.ermentation and combining them with recently made ‘basic’ Valpolicella. They also spend 15 months in oak, helping the tannins to soften, the fruit to open out and everything to integrate.
I call this wine a ‘contemplation wine’. Its sweet cassis/kirsch nose gives way to a fabulous intensity and concentration, all elements in total harmony, on the palate. It’s dry ie all the sugar has been turned into alcohol, so it is without doubt a big wine, to be sipped and lingered over.
In our recent Northern Italian wine video tasting I demonstrated the difference between different types of Valpolicella, comparing it with its stable mates the Allegrini Valpolicella, and the Corte Giara Ripasso. I recommended a food match with a venison en croute, or for the contemplation phase, some nibbles of Pecorino Fiore Sardo – an aged, smoked Pecorino from Sardinia.
Italy – North
|Food matching suggestions||
Hearty casseroles, Roasts – meat or veg/pulse bakes
|Cheese Matching Suggestions||
Low moisture hard cheeses eg Parmigiano, Pecorino, Manchego