A few days ago I attended a wine tasting evening at Restaurant L’Amar in Munich. The evening was all about the wines from Trabucchi d’Illasi. The ticket was just 25€ for 5 wines + a little snack served with each wine and since I consider Trabucchi one of the best Italian overall wineries it was a no-brainer that I’ll go. We started the evening with a white wine moved on to their two Valpolicella Superiore wines before tasting Trabucchi d’Illasi’s 2006 Amarone.
Image: A selection of wines from Trabucchi d’Illasi
The winery is located in Illasi a small town on the hills just outside of Verona. One white wine, one Valpolicella, two Valpolicella Superiore, three Amarone, Recioto di Soave and Recioto della Valpolicella are manufactured with excellence by the winery.
The 2006 vintage “Amarone” is classified as Amarone della Valpolicella DOC (starting with the 2010 vintage these wines will be labeled DOCG!). Produced with a blend of Corvina, Corvinone, Oseleta and Rondinella grapes the Amarone ages in french oak until it’s ready for bottling.
All red wines were decanted for roughly three hours. Amarone has a dark ruby red color. Alcohol by volume was listed at 15% on the bottle but at 16% on a flyer that we received.
On the nose the Amarone has aromas of blueberry, ripe cherry, caramel, cinnamon and smoke. There are probably 10 other aromas in this very complex and complete bouquet. Just by smelling the wine I could feel how perfect the wine was.
After taking a sip, I noticed how extremely mellow & pleasing the tannins were. It was incredible. The Amarone was fruity, too and I was able to to taste blueberry, dark chocolate and blackcurrant. The wine has a big body and is more than just complete. This is how wine should be. Amarone from Trabucchi is so harmonic and smooth on the palate that I cannot even describe it. A very complex and well-balanced wine. Might as well been one of the best wines that I have drank if not the best. On a few occasions, I tried this Amarone before and every time I had it I was like “this is it – the perfect wine!”
I love the Dandarin and I enjoy all the wines on my top 10 but this Amarone tops almost all of them. It is the perfect wine for special occasions. Especially for Christmas but of course you do not need a “special” reason to uncork an Amarone. The owner of Trabucchi d’Illasi, Giuseppe Trabucchi, was guiding through the wine tasting. Once he poured the Amarone, he explained that the wine is not intended to be served with food – It’s for meditation. If you serve food with the wine then the wine still needs to remain the focus of attention. It’s simply too good to be paired with any meal. A variety of aged cheese would work though..
Image: Two Magnum Bottles – Terre del Cereolo and Amarone
The wine tasting did not end with the Amarone which won the three glasses wine award from the famous Italian Gambero Rosso wine guide. There is only one wine, a sweet wine, that topped the Amarone. It was Trabucchi’s Recioto della Valpolicella which I will review in the next days. Before you ask – yes the Recioto costs even more. It’s hard to say which of the two was better since one is a dessert wine – both were and are outstanding wines! Period.