2006 Amarone della Valpolicella, Marion, Marcellise, Veneto

2006 Amarone della Valpolicella, Marion, Marcellise, Veneto

Product: 20061363160
2006 Amarone della Valpolicella, Marion, Marcellise, Veneto

Description

Weighing in at 15.5% alcohol, 41 grams of dry extract (a lot) and with 7.6 grams/litre of residual sugar (offsetting the impact of the alcohol percentage), refreshed by the chalky white stony soils of the Marcellise valley, to the north-east of Verona, this benchmark Amarone blend of Corvinone (45%), Corvina Veronese (25%), Rondinella (20%) and Croatina/Bonarda (10%) captures the nature of this classic, well-structured vintage.

Aromas of sour cherry ('amarena'), balsam oil, dates and bramble pepper the nose, while rich, super suave, black pepper, cinnamon, spice and liquorice flavours dominant the opulent mouth feel. A big wine that's beginning to 'spread its wings', so no hurry even if it is seductive now; pair with stinky cheese, as a port alternative perhaps.
David Berry Green

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About this WINE

Marion

Marion

This Valpolicella estate is owned and fun by the Campadelli family, who purchased the property in 1986. Based in the valley of Marcellise, just outside the Classico zone, it’s home to a splendid 15th century villa once owned by the Conte Marioni. Stefano Campedelli – a trained surveyor – was delighted at a chance to escape the office. Working with his wife, Nicoletta Fornasa, and brother, Marco, they started bottling in 1995, and today they farm 22 hectares, producing around 70,000 bottles a year. The wines have been fine-tuned over the years, but their hallmark is fruit purity, aided by the vineyards’ chalky soils.

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Valpolicella

Valpolicella

Valpollicella is a famous (and infamous) Venetian wine DOC north of Verona producing enormous amounts of red wine of variable quality and accounting for almost 7% of the Veneto's entire production.  

Valpolicella Classico covers the original zone, an area drastically enlarged with the granting of DOC status in 1968 (energetically encouraged by the large, local co-operatives) to encompass the fertile plains as well as the superior Lessini Mountain foothills. After opening the floodgates to gallons of poor quality Valpolicella, steps have more recently been taken to redress the quality issue, notably through the removal of Molinara from the list of permissible grape varieties. Only Corvina Veronese and Corvinone can now be used, along with a small percentage of Rondinella and Croatina.  

The wines are aged in large oak vessels or stainless-steel vats for no more than a year, thus retaining the fresh, approachable, black cherry fruit that can make them so attractive. While Valpolicella (and even Classico) may be light and relatively simple, Valpolicella Ripasso is altogether richer and more satisfying. Matured on Amarone lees, it begins like a slightly less full-bodied version of Amarone before finishing on a sweet, Recioto-like note.

Valpolicella Ripasso is an increasingly popular style of Valpolicella that is produced by passing Valpolicella ‘normale’ or Classico over the still warm Amarone grape pomace in early spring after the Amarone wine has been run off. This effects a second alcoholic fermentation in the Valpolicella and gives the resulting wine more body, texture and alcohol.

Recommended producers: Corte Sant'AldaGiuseppe Quintarelli, Allegrini, Novaia

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Corvina, Corvinone blend

Corvina, Corvinone blend

Corvina is widely grown on the Veneto shore of Lake Garda and the hills of Valpolicella to the north and north-east of Verona. Sometimes known as Corvina Veronese, it is blended with Rondinella and Molinara to produce Valpolicella and Bardolino. It can be a tricky grape to cultivate, as it ripens late and is prone to rot if affected by rains at harvest time. It is a high-yielding grape and quality is very dependent on keeping yields low.

Corvina-based red wines can range in style from a light, cherryish red to the rich, port-like Recioto and Amarone Valpolicellas. Most Valpolicella from the plains is pale and insipid, and bears little comparison with Valpolicella Classico from the hills. Some producers such as Allegrini are now producing very high quality 100% Corvina wines.

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The 2006 Amarone della Valpolicella is another in a string of stellar wines from Marion. The 2006 comes across as almost painfully young in its intense structure. With time in the glass, the wines inner sweetness, richness and perfume emerge loud and clear. The French oak seems a bit pronounced at this stage, so additional cellaring is warranted. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2026.
Antonio Galloni - 28/02/2011 Read more