Italy produces many great red wines, one of which is Amarone, but it is Cesari Amarone della Valpolicella Classico that is truly one-of-a-kind. From the grapes to the production process to the packaging, this wine is in a class all its own.
Produced in the northern Italian region of Veneto in the historic Valpolicella Classico appellation, Amarone’s distinctness is two-fold: it is a harmonious blend of indigenous and exclusive grape varieties produced using a unique process in which the grapes are raisined, yet the resulting wine remains dry in style.
Only the finest bunches are carefully selected by hand in the vineyard. Corvina dominates the blend (75%), while Rondinella (20%) and Molinara (5%) are incorporated in smaller quantities.
Following the harvest, the grapes are dried in small plastic crates warehoused in a spacious facility known as a drying facility for 3-4 months during which time the grapes lose approximately 40-45% of their original weight. This causes the flavors to become extremely concentrated, boosts the sugar levels thus raising the alcohol content, and increases the skin contact i.e. higher tannin levels.
After completing two fermentations, the wine is subsequently aged in oak for a minimum of 24 months. Cesari goes above and beyond the DOC regulations and ages their Amarone Classico for nearly three years in barrel followed by 8 months in bottle.
The end result is a rich, full-bodied wine bursting with raisined cherry flavors and vanilla and balsamic undertones.
Cesari Amarone Classico has garnered critical acclaim, consistently rated 90+ points.
To boot, it is elegantly bottled in an exclusive frosted glass bottle embossed with the family crest.
All these factors combined are what make Cesari Amarone della Valpolicella Classico ONE & ONLY. As we approach the holiday season, mark your celebrations by uncorking a special bottle of wine.
It used to be that a wine with a screw top was considered “cheap” and/or inferior to those stopped with corks. And though some studies suggest that wines tend to age better when a cork is used to seal a bottle, the truth is that the enclosure used has no effect on wines that will be opened and enjoyed within a year of bottling — and that accounts for at least 90% of all the wine consumed in the USA. Because of this, and the fact that screwcaps (a.k.a., stelvin enclosures) are simply more convenient and immune to “cork taint” (2,4,6-Trichloroanisole, or “TCA”), we are seeing many, many wine bottles that don’t require a corkscrew — at all price points, and for all quality levels.
A number of bottles in the Opici Wines portfolio are enclosed with screwcaps, and one of them — Due Torri Pinot Noir — was recently highlighted as #3 on Wisebread’s list of 10 Great Wines Under 10 Dollars:
Due Torri Pinot Noir 2009 (Italy)
Don’t be fooled by the screw top; this wine can compete with any of its corked counterparts. Dry and soft, this wine loves pesto or a rare steak. It has a velvety texture and an oaky finish that is perfectly balanced and easy going down. Though slightly higher in price, this wine is well worth the money.
Indeed, Due Torri Pinot Noir is one of the best bargains in Pinot Noir you’ll find, and it stays true to the varietal’s fresh and easygoing character. Due Torri is a secondary brand produced by Cesari — the winery best known for its fabulous Amarone wines.