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Recchia

Recchia
2013 La Guardia, Recioto della Valpolicella Amarone Classico

Pair this wine with:
Beef Chicken Dessert Pork

Category: Regional Amarone

Date Tasted:
Country: Italy
Alcohol: 14%
80 Points
Bronze Medal
Recommended
$34.99

Recchia
2013 La Guardia, Recioto della Valpolicella Amarone Classico

Pair this wine with:
Beef Chicken Dessert Pork

Category: Regional Amarone

Date Tasted:
Country: Italy
Alcohol: 14%
Black violet color. Mature aromas of smoked plum and apple cider with a velvety, bright, very sweet medium-full body and a swift spiced plum butter, rhubarb compote, rosemary infused honey, and milk chocolate finish with silky tannins and light oak flavor. A rich choice for spicy fare or after dinner indulging.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Oaky & Quaffable
Aroma Aroma: smoked plum and apple cider
Taste Flavor: spiced plum butter, rhubarb compote, rosemary infused honey, and milk chocolate
Sweetness Sweetness: Very Sweet
Enjoy Enjoy: Now with food
Recipes Pairing: Spicy Barbecue, Almond Cookies, Souvlaki
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A rich choice for spicy fare or after dinner indulging.

The Importer

R.S. Lipman Company

The Importer
411 Great Circle Road
Nashville, TN 37228
USA
1 615-244-2230

Regional Amarone

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Serve in a Zinfandel Wine Glass
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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