Amarone della Valpolicella DOP Classico 2009 by Zymé
To stand out from the crowd in Valpolicella is a challenge in any year; to do so in 2009 is really something. And yet that’s what this award-winning Amarone from Zymé has done, confirming early promise with extraordinary development over the last decade and a half – and it’s got plenty of time in it yet. Truly a wine to savour.
Winemaking: After pressing in January, the grapes are held in steel tanks and in concrete vats, without added yeasts or other biotechnical agents, until the fermentation begins, with very few pumpovers or punchdowns performed. After maceration on the pomace for over 2 months, the wine matures in large Slavonian oak botti for a minimum of 5 years. From this moment on, regular topping–up is the only operation performed: time very gradually shapes the wineʼs characteristics. It receives one yearsʼ bottle–ageing.
Assemblage: Corvina 40%, corvinone 30%, rondinella 15%, oseleta 10%, croatina 5%.
Soil: Clay and limestone.
Colour: Deep reddish purple, with tendency towards vermillion.
Aroma: Fruit still present and punchy, bright and aged cherries with plums, damsons and even a hint of watermelon. Extraordinary undercurrents of tobacco, aniseed and hints of bitter chocolate and almonds.
Palate: Long, rich, sapid, finely integrated tannins and still marked by an impressive freshness. Finish incredibly long and intense.
Ageing: Starting to really reward patience but has genuine decades left in it yet.
Pairing: Something rich and very very special, but probably best with a long, special evening.