Amarone 2012

DOCG Amarone Classico

Lorenzo Begali San Pietro in Cariano (Verona)
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Waarom deze wijn?

Omdat deze Amarone klopt. Krachtig maar elegant, rijk maar met aangename zuurgraad die hem spannend houdt. Kostbaar maar toch enigszins betaalbaar gemaakt. Een wijn die nu al veel sier aan het Kerstdiner kan maken of nog jaren geduldig in de kelder kan liggen.

De smaak

Granaatrood,  zwoele van vanille, zacht rood fruit: zwarte bessen, kersen en krenten. De smaak is aangenaam warm en krachtig. Droog, vol en mooi in balans. De afdronk is indrukwekkend en laat de zwoele aroma's lang nasmaken.

De details

type wijn: warm, rijk, zacht
druivensoort: Corvina 65%, Rondinella 30%, andere autochtone druiven 5%
teelt: biologisch
opvoeding : 3,5 jaar op grote eiken vaten en min. 6 maanden op fles
alcoholgehalte: 15,50 % vol.
afsluiting: natuur kurk
drinktemperatuur:  18-20 graden
bewaarpotentieel: nu - 2028
spijs-aanbeveling:   vlees gestoofd vlees, gegrilde worstjes    wild & gevogelte geroosterde kip of eend    risotto met wilde paddestoelen    kaas medium tot rijp

De prijzen elders?

Wij vergelijken het voordeel altijd met de prijzen in de online-markt. Belangrijk is dat er dan wel 'appels met appels' worden vergeleken; dus precies dezelfde wijn per 6 flessen van (bij voorkeur) hetzelfde jaar én bij jou thuisbezorgd (de bezorgtarieven elders zijn meegenomen in de prijscheck).

De oorsprong

'If you can name but two producers in Valpolicella (I’m betting they are Dal Forno and Quintarelli), it’s now time to add a third: Lorenzo Begali. Lorenzo and his children Giordano and Tiliana make the most exciting wines in the region today. Visiting this small estate, tall and lanky Giordano will win you over with his impassioned dedication to the traditional Pergola Veronese growing system. He and his father believe that overhead trellising is the secret to making quality wine and controlling yields.

Having now tasted this beautiful collection of new releases, I am a true Begal-iever. Elegance is the common thread that connects them all and this is by no means easy to achieve with consistent results, especially when you factor in the appassimento, or air-drying, process.' Bron: Robert Parker

Slimme weetjes:  Het ontstaan van Amarone

Bolla was one of the first producers to commercially market an Amarone wine from Valpolicella. While the style of Amarone has existed in the region for centuries, it was very rarely made as a deliberate wine style. Mostly it was produced in warm vintages when batches of wines destined for sweet recioto were unintentionally allowed to ferment completely dry. The modern concept of Amarone has its roots in the early 1950s when producers "rediscovered" the style and began deliberately using yeast strains that could ferment the high levels of sugars in the wine completely into alcohol.

The first completely dry Amarones that were commercially marketed were the 1953 vintages produced by Bolla and Bertani. In 2009, the production of Amarone wine in the Valpolicella zone achieved DOCG status. During the petitioning process, the wine producers in the region established several quality control regulations including quotas on the amount of grapes grown in the fertile plains that could be used in Amarone production. Another measure was the 2003 removal of Molinara from the list of mandatory blending grapes. Amarone is unique in the wine world. Typically very alcoholic, full-bodied and ripe-tasting wines are produced in very warm climate regions, where the grapes are able to build up large amounts of sugar while ripening on the vine. Examples of warm climate regions include parts of Australia, California and southern Italy.

Slimme weetjes:  Alleen in Valpolicella zo bijzonder

The Valpolicella region is characterized as a "cool climate region" where acid levels are usually maintained and sugar build occurs more slowly in the vine. Grapes destined for Amarone are the last grapes in Valpolicella to be harvested, getting as ripe as they can before mold and rot set in. The sugars in the grapes are then concentrated by a process of desiccation where they are kept in special drying rooms for anywhere from three to four months. During this time over a third of the water is removed as the grapes shrivel into raisins. This method (known as passito) produces more concentrated grapes that still maintain the acid balance of a cool-climate grape.

Amarones differ from other late harvest wines in that the presence of Botrytis cinerea is actively discouraged, as winemakers attempt to avoid the smoky, mouldy flavors that come with botrytized wine. Extra care is taken in the vineyard to ensure that the grapes are kept dry and harvested before rot can develop.

Slimme weetjes:  het zorgvuldige rijpingsproces van Amarone

The Amarones are then aged for several years, with many premium examples being aged for at least five years prior to release. They are often aged in large wooden barrels of either Slavonian or French oak. Traditionally the barrels are older and essentially "neutral", in that they do not impart much flavor or wood tannins, but in the late 20th and early 21st centuries more Amarone producers have been experimenting with the use of smaller new oak barrels that introduce more oak flavoring to the wine.

Slimme weetjes:  Amarone en spijzen

Amarones are rich, full-bodied wines with flavor and aroma notes that are often compared to the flavors of Port wine. The wines often have notes of mocha, bitter-sweet dark chocolate, raisin, dried fig and earthy flavors. At restaurants sommeliers will often recommend food and wine pairings for Amarone with hearty, heavy dishes such as meat roasts. A classic after-dinner assortment is Amarone paired with walnuts and Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese. Master of wine Mary Ewing-Mulligan notes that well-made examples of Amarone from favorable vintages usually need about ten years of bottle aging for the flavors to mature, and have the potential to continue developing for twenty years or more.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

From pergola-trained overhead vines, the Amarone della Valpolicella Classico exhibits inner harmony and grace. Like all Amarone, the bouquet and the mouthfeel are rich and powerful. But Begali's wines never feel too heavy, chewy or thick. There's a characteristic point of sweetness in the mouth followed by long flavors of smoke, ripe fruit, tobacco and grilled herbs.Robert Parker 93/100 (jg.'10)
Aromas of blue flowers, blackberries and cake spices lead the nose on this smooth, structured wine. The palate delivers baked plums, prunes marinated in spirits, cinnamon, white pepper and tobacco alongside soft tannins. It has good length and closes on a chocolate noteWine Enthusiast 93/100 (jg.'10)
The stunning Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 09 is a charmer and a true protagonist of the vintage. The wine delivers everything you should expect from Amarone, but it executes that promise with the utmost elegance and finesse. This is an outstanding effort. Dark prune and plum cake open the bouquet and slowly progress to dried herb, licorice, espresso bean and Indian spice. The mouthfeel is super-smooth and velvety with a long-lasting and beautifully polished close. It looks and tastes like Amarone, but this wine carefully refrains from the overt sweetness and chewiness of the others. It’s simply beautiful.Robert Parker 93/100 (jg.'09)
“This little Cengia winery is expertly run by the Begali family. This wine’s generous ripe fruit, firm, close-knit, tannic weave and vibrant acidity brighten up the huge mouth-feel and make it especially dynamic. It has a clean impressively long finish.Gambero Rosso
San Pietro in Cariano (Verona)