Amarone della Valpolicella DOCG Classico 2004 by Bertani
Bertani themselves rated this a five-star year (as did we!), and it’s easy to see why. Over the years it’s retained all of the desirable aspects of young Amarone wine while gaining and gaining in all those long-term, tertiary aspects that we know and love.
Assemblage: Corvina 80%, rondinella 20%.
Colour: Still a deep garnet colour but tending towards red-brick around the rim.
Aroma: Extraordinary plums and cherries, but more towards maraschino than amarena. Wonderfully perfumed, but with subtle undercurrents of balsamic, earthiness, even a hint of wild mushroom.
Palate: Remarkably soft and fresh, with beautifully integrated tannin and shining purity and variety of flavours on the mid-palate, with the longest of finishes.
Ageing: Still probably has a decade plus in it – in fact, you could keep this one virtually for as long as you like, and it would still yield rewards.