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.
Pairings: Grilled or roasted red meats, game, and strong tasty cheeses, such as parmesan.
Also makes for a great after-dinner wine.