Amarone is an intense Italian wine with great depth and complexity. Typically rich, full bodied and with a good deal of longevity, the superior Amarone wines that are included in our online range are incredibly well-balanced, as the powerful intensity is combined with true elegance and finesse.
Amarone wine is made from the best grapes, which are left to dry or dehydrate for three or four months. Traditionally, the grapes are dried on wooden racks in the sun, while many producers nowadays choose to use temperature and humidity controlled rooms so the grapes stay in the best condition.
As the majority of the grape juice is evaporated, their sugars, acids and tannins concentrate. The flavours also intensify, while a greater level of complexity becomes present. Following an extensive maceration and fermentation process, Amarone wine is then left to age in oak barrels for at least two years.
Amarone wine styles
There are many types of Amarone wine available as its producers occupy different vineyard locations and tailor their grape blend and production method in order to create a signature style.
At Corks Out, we would recommend:
- Allegrini Amarone: This ruby red wine has a famous cherry aroma and spicy flavour that gives way to a combination of sweet dried fruits, toasted oak and vanilla which are finished off with notes of spicy and sour cherries.
- Amarone della Valpolicella Alpha Zeta: The rich scents of ripe and sweet black cherry and plum are accompanied by a full bodied and rich flavour where cherry, vanilla and coffee are all present for the long finish.
This full-bodied Italian wine works incredibly with red meat and rich dishes. Perfect with aged steak, game or roasted venison as well as stews and strong cheeses, the bright acidity and strong tannic structure means that the wine is able to cut through the richness of these foods perfectly.
You may also want to think about pairing the dry red wine with Asian and Middle Eastern cuisine, including traditional dishes and those containing sour flavours.