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Cielo’s

Cielo’s
2014 Casa Defra, Amarone della Valpolicella DOCG

Pair this wine with:
Lamb Pork

Category: Veneto Amarone

Date Tasted:
Country: Italy
Alcohol: 15% RS: <1%
88 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$34.99

Cielo’s
2014 Casa Defra, Amarone della Valpolicella DOCG

Pair this wine with:
Lamb Pork

Category: Veneto Amarone

Date Tasted:
Country: Italy
Alcohol: 15% RS: <1%
Ruby black color. Aromas of honey on dried figs, mesquite, tobacco, roasted strawberry, and prosciutto with a round, vibrant, fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long sweet woodruff and caramel covered berries finish with moderate oak flavor. A concentrated and instantly appealing Amarone.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity & Juicy & Smooth
Aroma Aroma: honey on dried figs, mesquite, tobacco, roasted strawberry, and prosciutto
Taste Flavor: sweet woodruff and caramel covered berries
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now Enjoy on its own
Recipes Pairing: Peking Duck, Lamb Tagine, Souvlaki
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A concentrated and instantly appealing Amarone.

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

Veneto 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.