Amarone della Valpolicella DOCG Classico 1986 by Bertani
Sometimes a vintage can seem good at the time, even very good, and yet disappoint as the results become known over years. 1986 from Bertani, however, was the opposite – a vintage which started unpromisingly and improved as the season wore on has, over time, yielded fantastic wine of unexpected depth and character. As ever it is a testament to the skill of the winemakers to work with the vintage to produce the final product, and this offering is as glowing a testament to Bertani’s ability and pedigree as could be imagined.
Assemblage: Corvina 80%, rondinella 20%.
Colour: A distinct luminous ruby colour.
Aroma: As befits an older vintage, a more old-fashioned vision of Amarone reveals itself on the nose, the fruit subtler and absorbed into the whole as notes of fine cigars, dry leaves and truffle come to the fore.
Palate: The tannins and acidity which have carried this wine across the decades of ageing are present but delicate, leaving a wine that is deceptively soft and supple in the mouth.
Ageing: Probably a decade and a half left at its peak, but with old Amarone masters it is unwise to put an upper limit on them – these are wines built to last.