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Tenuta Chiccheri di Ruffo Giancarlo

Tenuta Chiccheri di Ruffo Giancarlo
2012 Amarone DOCG

Pair this wine with:
Lamb Pork

Category: Regional Amarone

Date Tasted:
Country: Italy
Alcohol: 15.5%
85 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$46

Tenuta Chiccheri di Ruffo Giancarlo
2012 Amarone DOCG

Pair this wine with:
Lamb Pork

Category: Regional Amarone

Date Tasted:
Country: Italy
Alcohol: 15.5%
Indigo color. Aromas of ripe plum, cedar, and mustard seed with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dryish medium-to-full body and a tingling, rapid raisin toast and parchment finish with moderate oak flavor. A chewy, food-friendly Amarone for rustic Italian dishes.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Old World
Aroma Aroma: ripe plum, cedar, and mustard seed
Taste Flavor: raisin toast and parchment
Sweetness Sweetness: Dryish
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Peking Duck, Lamb Tagine, Souvlaki
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A chewy, food-friendly Amarone for rustic Italian dishes.

The Producer

Angelo Beverage LLC

The Producer

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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