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Watson's Wine of the Week: 2008 Tommaso Bussola Amarone della Valpolicella Classico

Amarone is like a Ferrari in a bottle: finely tuned, audaciously bold, irresistibly forward!

Posted: Monday, July 06, 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Amarone!

Aah- Mah- ROAHHhh- NEe!

The very name conjures the likes of Gina Lollobrigida dancing in a Fellini movie through the canal-laced streets of Venice (not sure that ever actually happened but you get the gist!),   Amarone is Italy in a bottle, operatically bold, juicy and engrossing.   A wine that often becomes the centerpiece of a dinner table, stealing focus from all other luminaries present, food, celebrity, or otherwise.  True, it's raw power can be overwhelming at times, like an over-throttled Ferrari, but when balance is achieved... Amarone is a trans formative wine, the realization of how profound a social experience the world's most sublime beverage can provide!   

As such expectations are high; there are middling, perhaps even poor, entries (never had an outright bad one though) entries, but this one didn't disappoint, especially at the price (anything under $40 a bottle at retail for Amarone is a good deal)