Talk about high expectations. After the very difficult 2014 vintage in Europe, 2015 has been universally acclaimed on the continent as being one of the best vintages of the century. Possibly one of the best vintages ever. Wonderfully healthy fruit on the vines – and plenty of it. Great weather with oft-ideal ripening conditions. In…Continue reading Anteprima Amarone 2015
Anteprima Amarone 50° – Presentation of the 2014 Vintage It was a tough year, 2014, and not only in Valpolicella. Nearly every wine region in Europe had difficulties. Simpler wines requiring no long ageing before release have already long since moved on to succeeding vintages, including the universally-acclaimed 2015, the challenging but interesting 2016 –…Continue reading Anteprima Amarone 50° – the 2014 Vintage
Can Amarone della Valpolicella age? It isn’t as strange a question as it might seem. Not all wines age well, and most of the Amarone more than ten years old that I have tried have been more tired than lively. Nevertheless, over the past 70 years Amarone has rightly secured a place as one of…Continue reading Can Amarone Age?
Tasting Classic Valpolicella Reds in Zurich Driving back home from a Valpolicella wine tasting in Zurich, I had the opportunity to reflect on why it is that I enjoy a well-made Amarone – with their tendency to stratospheric alcohol, high extract, immense concentration and intensity – but that I generally do not enjoy “normal” red…Continue reading Valpolicella in Zurich