Tuesday, 7 October 2008

Amarone

My Birthday last week and we enjoyed a lovely meal at Casanovas in Crookes.‬‪Nice to spend some time with close friends and celebrate my 29th Birthday.‬‪As a nice surprise my father rang the restaurant ahead and ordered some wine so that it was waiting for us on the table when we arrived!
 Amarone Della Valpolicella DOC 1999
 Beautiful thick dark black cherry in colour with intense and concentrated black fruits, and brandy fruitcake on the nose.‬‪Rich, smooth but strong on the palate with delicious smooth ripe fruit a touch of sweetness and mellow tannins from the time spent maturing  in oak barrels and the unusual  vinification which involves leaving the grapes out to partially dry on straw mats in the Italian sunshine before starting the fermentation.‬‪Excellent and great for a celebration.‬‪89/100 (£35 at Casanova, Crookes)‬‪‬‪‬‪‬‪‬

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