The 2008 Amarone della Valpolicella is one of several wines produced by Remo Farina from the Valpolicella region of Italy.
The wine is a Corvina blend, being 70% Corvina, 20% Rondinella, and 10% Molinara and other wines. The “other wines” part scares me a bit.
Amarone della Valpolicella is aged for 3 years in Slavonian oak barrels, and then an additional year in the bottle.
This was my third tasting of this wine. Maybe it’s the vintage (yes, it’s young), maybe it’s the wine (yes, it’s Corvina), maybe it’s just me (easy there), but I am still not feeling the love for it.
I decanted the wine for two hours prior to tasting.
Sniffing the glass, I found barnyard, sour apples, and cherry.
The taste brings cherries (almost sour cherries) and a lot of minerals (some not so nice). There is a bitterness on the palate that is just unfriendly. This is a chewy wine. The cherries lost some of their sourness and the wine got chewier into the fourth hour. This Amarone has ABV of 15%. While the alcohol isn’t present on the nose, and is light on the palate, it definitely comes through on the finish, cutting it short, rudely and abruptly.
I’ve tried to pair this wine, unsuccessfully, with several different dishes. Tonight was classic Italian meats and cheeses, followed by Veal Saltimbocca. On each occasion, the food brought nothing to the wine, and the wine nothing to the food. Drinking this without food would not be overly enjoyable.
Sometimes a bad bottle of wine is just a bad bottle of wine.
The 2008 Remo Farina Amarone della Valpolicella retails for $45. There are better options available in this price range.