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Azienda Agricola Fratelli Bonazzi

Azienda Agricola Fratelli Bonazzi
2011 Amarone della Valpolicella Classico

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Chocolate Lamb Pork

Category: Regional Amarone

Date Tasted:
Country: Italy
Alcohol: 16% RS: .6%
85 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$138

Azienda Agricola Fratelli Bonazzi
2011 Amarone della Valpolicella Classico

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Chocolate Lamb Pork

Category: Regional Amarone

Date Tasted:
Country: Italy
Alcohol: 16% RS: .6%
Opaque ruby black color. Fruity aromas and flavors of pistachio nougat, salt water taffy, and craisins with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and a seamless, medium-long finish with notes of chocolate mint, spice, and cedar with light oak flavor. A juicy, fruity Amarone.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Juicy & Smooth & Fruity
Aroma Aroma: pistachio nougat, salt water taffy, and craisins
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with notes of chocolate mint, spice, and cedar
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now with food and on its own
Recipes Pairing: Mole Chicken, Lamb Tagine, Souvlaki
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A juicy, fruity Amarone.

The Producer

Borderac Crus & Vins

The Producer
27 Rue Durieu de Maisonneuve
Bordeaux, 33000
France
33 -556008494

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89 Chateau Arnaud 2014 St. Estèphe 13% (France) $66.00.
91 Chateau Bois de Rolland 2015 Vieilles Vignes, Bordeaux Supèrieur 13.5% (France) $29.00.
90 Chateau Calvimont 2015 Graves Blanc 12.5% (France) $42.00.
94 Chateau Calvimont 2015 Graves Rouge 12.5% (France) $44.00.
92 Chateau Chantelune 2015 Margaux 13.5% (France) $123.00.
90 Chateau Crusquet de Lagarcie 2011 Blaye, Côtes de Bordeaux 13.5% (France) $32.00.
92 Chateau Crusquet de Lagarcie 2012 Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux 13.5% (France) $31.00.
92 Chateau de Reynaud 2014 Bordeaux Supèrieur 13.5% (France) $29.00.
84 Chateau Desarnaud 2014 Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux 13.5% (France) $31.00.
88 Chateau du Bergey 2016 Cuvée Tradition, Fronsac 13.5% (France) $34.00.
91 Chateau du Moulin 2015 Haut-Médoc 13.5% (France) $80.00.
93 Chateau Ferran 2014 Les Cotes, Pessac-Léognan Rouge 13.5% (France) $80.00.
91 Chateau Gemeillan 2012 Médoc Cru Bourgeois 13% (France) $51.00.
92 Chateau Gemeillan 2014 Médoc Cru Bourgeois 13% (France) $52.00.
90 Chateau Gemeillan 2015 Médoc Cru Bourgeois 13.5% (France) $53.00.
87 Chateau Graves de Pez 2014 St. Estèphe 13% (France) $66.00.
84 Chateau Haut Bourcier 2012 Cuvée Romy, Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux 13% (France) $27.00.
92 Chateau Haut Boutisse 2012 Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 13.5% (France) $67.00.
93 Chateau Haut Boutisse 2015 Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 13.5% (France) $75.00.
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89 Chateau La Graviere Grand Poujeaux 2012 Moulis-en-Médoc 13% (France) $71.00.
87 Chateau La Gregoire 2014 St. Emilion 12.5% (France) $49.00.
93 Chateau Lagrave Paran 2011 Cuvée Geraldine, Bordeaux Supèrieur 13.5% (France) $44.00.
88 Chateau Lagrave Paran 2012 Cuvée Geraldine, Bordeaux Supèrieur 13.5% (France) $45.00.
88 Chateau Lagrave Paran 2015 Coeur de Cuvée, Bordeaux Supèrieur 14% (France) $49.00.
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92 Chateau Mille Roses 2011 Haut-Médoc 13% (France) $78.00.
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Regional Amarone

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Amarone - or more formally Amarone della Valpolicella - is a powerful red wine from Italy's Veneto region. It is made from the same grapes as Valpolicella: with Corvina and Rondinella as the principal varieties, with other grapes such as Molinara, Corvinone and Dindarella also being used.

Amarone is one of the world's most distinctive red wines because of its production method. It is made using the appassimento process, a technique in which the grapes are not fermented until after they are naturally dried in special rooms for three to four months. This air-drying cause the grapes to shrivel, as they lose about 30% of their water. This intensifies the grapes, with the resulting wines being high in alcohol, at least 15% and sometimes as much as 16%.

These wines are fermented dry; this practice began in the late 1950s; sweeter wines are labeled as Recioto.

An Amarone is full-bodied and very spicy and needs several years before it is drinkable. These wines are capable of aging for a very long time, sometimes as many as thirty-five or forty years.

Amarone must be paired with rich food; they are especially excellent with wild game, roast veal or pork or most red meats and sharp, aged cheeses.

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