Category Archives: Amarone

2003 Masi Amarone Costesera

A table was drinking this wine tonight, and I was lucky enough to have a fraction of a glass. I have to admit that I was several glasses in by the time I got to this wine so my note is a bit week. On the nose, pretty new world, aroma, lacking dust and earth,but rocking the oak and stewed fruit. Think plum and fig compote. On the palate, dry, juicy stewed fruit, not really earthy, oak for sure, structured but simple. I honestly expected more bang for the buck, yes I realize my restaurant charges too much for wine, but Amarone’s value has risen and the dollar has fallen. There are better Amarone’s out there, save some money by being savvy.    

1997 Bertani Amarone della Valpolicella


Aunt Sena and Uncle Bill broke this out the other night, said they’ve been saving it for a while to drink with me, and again I am thankful for the wine that finds me one way or another.
Great browing ruby with orange tint at the edges, of medium intensity. On the nose, med+ intensity bouquet. I got stewed fruit, plums, figs, cherries, anise, clove, meat, and smoke. On the palate, dry, med+ intensity, massive mouthfeel, still loads of tannic structure, and acidity to balance it all out. Med+ alchohol, med+ finish, I am a better person having tasted this wine.