Why you'll love this wine?
Amarone… or let’s get official, Amarone della Valpolicella is an extraordinary, unique and wonderful libation that in our tech driven, time poor world, probably should no longer exist. Thankfully it does…
You see Amarone is made using a delightfully archaic and ‘slow’ process, known as ‘appassimento’. Basically, drying the grapes until they contain 40% less liquid (a process than can take up to 120 days) before pressing. I think we can all appreciate that 40% less liquid equals a 40% smaller yield! There’s a reason Amarone is expensive. Also, there are less than 12,000 acres of Corvina and Corvinone vines in the world and they only grow in Valpolicella, adding to the wines exclusivity.
So what should you expect.?
Luciano Arduini have been consistently achieving awards for years for their Amarone and this 2015 Vintage is no exception. The Italian wine Saint ‘Luca Maroni’ has given this a modest 98Pt rating.
So… there is nothing moderated about this wine, it’s like Luciano thrust his middle finger at Mies van der Rohe’s ‘Less is More’ and gave us everything instead!
Expect a transcendental wine drinking experience. Chocolatey, oak laden, berrylicious nectar!! It’s amazing stuff, an event if you like.
We don’t have very much in stock.. oh and it's a bargain at this price! Given that this wouldn’t bat an eyelid if you laid it down for 20 years, I’d probably grab some while you can.
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What are wine lovers like you saying...
“Beautiful taste, slightly sweet, dark fruits with subtle oak with licorice. Must try!”
“Deep ruby color with pronounce aroma intensity and notes of licorice, plum, cherry, strawberry, pepper, red fruit, chocolate, tobacco… an explosion of aromas. On the palate the acidity is high and high tannins resulting in a full body wine. Finish is really long, wine is outstanding can be drunk now but still have ageing potential..”
Who made this lovely wine...?
Luciano Arduini was founded back in the 1940s, when grandfather Gabriele started up his business in the small town of “Canal” in Marano Valpolicella.
In 1969, Battista inherited the business in Corrubbio, going on to develop the company by gradually merging with land belonging to the ancient farm of Villa Banda Amistà, as can be seen by the “Fongo Fountain”, surrounded by the centuries-old cypress trees, near to the new winery.
Luciano, currently at the helm, has followed in the innovative footsteps of his father Battista carrying on his winemaking culture yet interpreting it with his own personal vision. In fact, in the year 2000, Arduini took an innovative leap forward compared to the previous structure, beginning to produce wine in a new and modern winery.
Today, Luciano works together with his son, Andrea, to both grow the grapevines and make the wine. His wife Silvana takes care of the administrative management side.
The company Luciano Arduini continues to grow and, as it gains new experiences, it develops and innovates, following the evolutionary path mapped out by grandfather Gabriele over seventy years ago.
The grapes are harvested in the first twenty days of September. The finest and healthiest bunches are placed in trays, taking the utmost care not to damage the grapes. They are then moved to dedicated dry and well-ventilated fruit stores where they are left to wither until winter, losing up to 40% of their weight.
De-stalking and gentle pressing. Maceration lasting approx. 45 days during which time manual punching down and pumping over is carried out. Fermentation temperature: 10-20°C. After being drawn off, the wine is transferred into casks and then into large Slavonian oak barrels. After being left to mature for around 24 months, the wine then undergoes further ageing in the bottle.