While I was grocery shopping the other day I stumbled over a bottle of Amarone della Valpolicella Classico. Usually I don’t buy wine at the supermarket but an Amarone for just 14.99€? How in the world is that possible? I asked myself how this would taste and so I decided to buy a bottle of it. Below you find my short review for it.
Cantina di Negrar
Cantina di Negrar was founded and 1933 and is located in the heart of the Valpolicella in Northern Italy. They buy the grapes from over 200 wineries in- and outside of the Valpolicella. That’s a total of 500! hectares (1235 acres). The winery produces all kinds of Veneto wines including Bianco di Custoza, Bardolino, Valpolicella, Ripasso, Amarone, Recioto, Lugana, Soave, Novello and sparkling wine. Isn’t this crazy? Lugana DOC is not even a wine from the Veneto region anymore, instead it’s a DOC in Lombardy. Cantina di Negrar produces 8 million bottles of wine per year. All their wines seem to be rather affordable.
The 2010 Cantina di Negrar Amarone is a blend of Corvina, Corvinone and Rondinella. The grapes underwent a slow 30-day fermentation and the wine aged at least 18 months in Slavonian oak barrels. The wine is classified as Amarone della Valpolicella Classico DOC.
In the glass, deep ruby red color. 15,5% was the label listed alcohol by volume.
The nose, was quite closed at the beginning but opened a little bit later on. Aromas of black cherries in alcohol, cinnamon, vanilla and plums.
In the mouth, dry, warm and full-bodied. Quite aggressive tannins (the wine is way too young anyways but I knew this). Intense flavors of forest fruits and cocoa. Lingering, quite alcoholic finish.
Well what can I say? For 15€ this is a very good wine. However, it does not remind me of Amarone. It tastes more like a Valpolicella Superiore. As I said earlier, the wine is also very young and should be stored for at least 4 more years before uncorking it. I plan to buy a few more bottles of this wine because I have a feeling that the wine will taste much better with additional aging.
I have to say that I did not expect to like this wine at all when buying it. Nervetheless, I prefer buying wine from smaller wineries.. 8 million bottles per year is just .. too much.
The wine is by no means comparable to my favorite Trabucchi d’Illasi Amarone but a Trabucchi Amarone also costs at least 3-4 times as much as the Cantina di Negrar Amarone.
What are your thought about this wine? Let me know in the comment section below.
That’s all for today!