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Cielo

Cielo
2015 Centenero, Amarone della Valpolicella DOCG

Pair this wine with:
Lamb Pork

Category: Regional Amarone

Date Tasted:
Country: Italy
Alcohol: 15% RS: <1%
92 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$35.99

Cielo
2015 Centenero, Amarone della Valpolicella DOCG

Pair this wine with:
Lamb Pork

Category: Regional Amarone

Date Tasted:
Country: Italy
Alcohol: 15% RS: <1%
Dusty garnet color. Aromas of roasted beets, white bean, rosemary, sun dried tomato, and plump figs with a round, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and an elegant, medium-long grilled plums, pomegranate coulis, chocolate-covered espresso beans, olives, meyer lemon, and cured meats finish. A balanced Amarone with a rustic old world charm and endless layers of complex flavors.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Oaky, Old World, Rich & Full, Spicy & Complex, Fruity & Juicy & Smooth
Aroma Aroma: roasted beets, white bean, rosemary, sun dried tomato, and plump figs
Taste Flavor: grilled plums, pomegranate coulis, chocolate-covered espresso beans, olives, meyer lemon, and cured meats
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Peking Duck, Lamb Tagine, Souvlaki
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A balanced Amarone with a rustic old world charm and endless layers of complex flavors.

The Producer

Cielo s.p.a

The Producer
I 36050 MONTORSO VIC. (VI)
Via IV Novembre, 39 Italy
39 -0444-485211 or 805-220-6035

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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