To celebrate our 1 year engagement anniversary, we popped a special bottle of 2007 Masi Costasera Amarone della Valpolicella.  Amarone is another wine that I learned a lot about not only in Italy, but through a crazy group of guys I used to work with.  What do you need to know about Amarone?  It’s pretty simple … it’s a damn good, expensive Italian red wine.

Just kidding, of course! There’s a lot more to know about Amarone.  It is made from the partially dried grapes of the Corvina (40% – 70%), Rondinella (20% – 40%) and Molinara (5% – 25%) varieties.  Originally assigned as DOC (second highest), in December 2009 it was elevated to highest rating of DOCG.  The name Amarone, in Italian, literally means “the Great Bitter”; this was originally to distinguish it from the Recioto produced in the same region, which is sweeter in taste.

This Amarone for the price point (~$56).  Rich, but not dusty, this bottle scores 90 points by Wine Spectator.

photo 1 Flavor Profile: Deep opaque red.  Full-bodied. Rich aromas of baked fruit, cooked with herbs and spices.

Price: $56

Pairings:  Grilled or roasted red meats, game, and strong tasty cheeses, such as parmesan.

Also makes for a great after-dinner wine.