Sunday, October 14, 2012

Review:*** $$ Pasqua Amarone Della Valpolicella, Italy, 200

Check out today's pricing and retail availability for Pasqua Amarone.

By way of background, opening thoughts: Amarone wines are wines from the Valpolicella region of Italy prepared by initial dying of grapes on mats.  This concentrates the sugars and creates a bold, high alcohol wine typically. Because of the process and yield, Amarone's are typically high priced.  We're trying one today recommended at Trader Joe's stores, and it comes in just below $20 retail, an extraordinary price for these wines. Lets see what it brings to the glass.

Original tasting and review : This is Pasqua Amarone Della Valpolicella, Italy, 2008, finished at 15.% alcohol.

In the glass: Pasqua Amarone is deep ruby red, not opaque anywhere in the glass.

On the nose: Poured at room temperatureand swirled vigorously, shows bright and deep red berry fruit, with the bright sweetness of ripe red raspberries, but its own unique aromatics.  From the aroma, seems like this will be full, red, bright and rich.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact bright red accompanied by a full and notable tannic flush. The finish comes on with the bright red currant elements.

In summary: Overall, just touches three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale.  Good price for an Amarone, but not a good value based on Spirit of Wine criteria.

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