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Bruno Verdi Oltrepo Pavese Cavariola Riserva 2009 750ml
Bruno Verdi Oltrepo Pavese Cavariola Riserva 2009 750ml
Price: $44.99
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The deep garnet color gives you an idea of the surprising heft of this northern red. This complex ’09 Riserva combines a smoky, brooding surface with bedrock elegance. Bright currants, brambly berries and juicy cherries sit on a bed of cedar, saddle leather and spice but while this ’09 offers a lot of freshness, it’s countered by wafting smoke and a mouth-watering salinity. A blend of 55% Croatina, 25% Barbera,10% Uva Rara, 10% Ughetta di Canneto, this cru Rosso is the fruit of modern and traditional winemaking methods, and it’s an altogether thrilling red. more info
Nicolis Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2012 750ml
Nicolis Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2012 750ml
Price: $49.99
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Lush red and brambly blue fruits dance on a foundation of underbrush, peppery spices, warm tobacco, raspberry jam and touches of potpourri, cocoa and Christmas cake in this elegant, intense ’12 Amarone. As full bodied as this Amarone is, it feels supple and energetic, powering to a lingering finish marked by chewy tannins, umami undertones, and bold fruit. While you could enjoy this wine upon release, a few years in the cellar will mellow its component parts into a delicious, cohesive whole. A blend of Corvina, Rondinella and Croatina, grapes dry in small cases for three months before pressing and a slow fermentation period at low temperatures; and the wine ages for 30 months in medium-sized Slavonian oak casks, followed by eight months in bottle before release. more info
Nicolis Amarone della Valpolicella Ambrosan 2006 750ml
Nicolis Amarone della Valpolicella Ambrosan 2006 750ml
Price: $89.70
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Rich, full-bodied, exquisitely balanced and traditional, this ’06 cru Amarone offers a palate of brambly berries that dance with touches of Christmas fruitcake, exotic spices, earth, warm saddle leather, autumn leaves and cigar wrapper. With a velvety mouth-feel and a nicely acidic finish, this blend of 70% Corvina, 20% Rondinella and the remainder Croatina, the single-vineyard Ambrosan derives from a southwest-facing, sloping vineyard located in San Pietro in Cariano. Nicolis' approach includes placing harvested grapes in small cases during the three-month drying period; a long, slow fermentation period at low temperatures; the use of Croatina grapes, which take the place of Molinara, the usual third contributor to the blend; and aging in medium-sized Slavonian oak casks. more info
Dal Forno Romano Valpolicella Superiore 2011 750ml
Dal Forno Romano Valpolicella Superiore 2011 750ml
Price: $99.00
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Sexy, brooding and full-bodied, the ’11 Valpolicella from Dal Forno performs like a “baby Amarone,” bursting from the glass with an explosion of juicy blue and red fruits, rose petals, new saddle leather, cigar box, melted chocolate and underbrush. At once caressing and kinetic with acidity, this muscular wine uncurls on the palate, revealing its fine-grained tannins and sweet inner perfume. This full-bodied Valpolicella sports terrific dry extract and soaring structure, so you can easily cellar it for the mid-term. Crafted from Corvina (70%), Rondinella (20%), Croatina (5%), and Oselata (5%), Dal Forno Valpolicella Superiore holds essentially the same grape composition as the estate’s Amarone, and just like the Amarone, the grapes undergo the appassimento technique, drying for a month and a half before pressing. In 2011, this Valpolicella saw two years in oak and four years in bottle before release. The result is a wine that drinks like an Amarone--but at a fraction of the price. more info
Dal Forno Romano Valpolicella Superiore 2009 750ml
Dal Forno Romano Valpolicella Superiore 2009 750ml
Price: $109.99
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Massive, dense, and concentrated, the ’09 Valpolicella from Dal Forno remains delineated, complex and delicately layered. Brambly berries, dried black fruit, a deep dip in the spice box, umami, scorched earth and mocha unfold in kaleidoscopic precision in this velvety, luscious wine. Ripe, chewy tannins, perfect acidity, and breathtaking balance make this ’09 Valpolicella a special vintage. Crafted from Corvina (70%), Rondinella (20%), Croatina (5%), and Oselata (5%), Dal Forno Valpolicella Superiore holds essentially the same grape composition as the estate’s Amarone; the wine is a cru from the Monte Lodoletta vineyard, just like the Amarone; and just like the Amarone, the grapes undergo the appassimento technique, drying for about a month before pressing. The result is a wine that drinks like the estate’s Amarone--but at a fraction of the price. more info
Dal Forno Romano Valpolicella Superiore 2010 750ml
Dal Forno Romano Valpolicella Superiore 2010 750ml
Price: $109.99
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Bright red and blue fruits are framed with spices, crushed petals, fruit compote, earth and tobacco in this restrained, elegant ’10 Valpolicella Superiore. As this wine crosses the palate, it releases a sweet inner perfume, and it shows breathtaking balance among its alcohol, sugar and fresh acidity; it’s pure pleasure. While 2010 gave Romano and his team multiple challenges in the form of rain and colder than normal temperatures, the estate used the weather to its advantage, creating nuanced, classy polished wines with intense aromatics and breathtaking structure. Crafted from Corvina (70%), Rondinella (20%), Croatina (5%), and Oselata (5%), Dal Forno Valpolicella Superiore holds essentially the same grape composition as the estate’s Amarone; the wine is a cru from the Monte Lodoletta vineyard, just like the Amarone; and just like the Amarone, the grapes undergo the appassimento technique, drying for a month and a half before pressing. The result is a wine that drinks like the estate’s Amarone--but at a fraction of the price. more info
Dal Forno Romano Valpolicella Superiore 2008 750ml
Dal Forno Romano Valpolicella Superiore 2008 750ml
Price: $119.00
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The 2008 Dal Forno Valpolicella is a massive wine--inky dark in the glass, the wine is intense, thrilling and chewy. Like the ‘08 Dal Forno Amarone, the vintage’s Valpolicella is a brooding, dark stunner, offering brambly berries, dark chocolate, exotic spices and cypress, as well as breathtaking balance between its fine-grained tannins and fresh acidity. It’s an extraordinary wine, one that will make Dal Forno converts out of the uninitiated and true believers out of fans. Crafted from 70% Covina and Corvinone, 20% Rondinella, and the remainder Oseleta and Croatina, Dal Forno Valpolicella Superiore holds essentially the same grape composition as the estate’s Amarone; the wine is a cru from the Monte Lodoletta vineyard, just like the Amarone; and just like the Amarone, the grapes undergo the appassimento technique, drying for a month and a half before pressing. The result is a wine that drinks like the estate’s Amarone--but at a fraction of the price. more info
Monte Faustino Amarone di Valpolicella 1999 750ml
Monte Faustino Amarone di Valpolicella 1999 750ml
Price: $139.00
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A classic evocation of Amarone, this ’99 bottling from Monte Faustino is a very dry, very big red. This wine’s nose bursts with juicy, brambly fruits layered on a foundation of dried plums, black licorice, worn leather, baking spices, mocha, sun-warmed earth and potpourri; it’s a heady, seductive aroma that perfectly presages this wine’s textured palate. Now with almost two decades of age, this ’99 Amarone shows its maturity in its silken texture, yet its acidic freshness and piquant minerals drive it to a lingering, gorgeous finish. A blend of 65% Corvina Veronese, 30% Rondinella, and the remainder a mix of Molinara, Dindarella, Negrara, Croatina, Oseleta, Rossignola and Pelara, this Amarone shows its limestone soil in its intense minerality. Vinified with very traditional methods of appassimento technique and extended aging in botti, Monte Faustino Amarone is an artisanal jewel. more info
Dal Forno Romano Valpolicella 1997 750ml
Dal Forno Romano Valpolicella 1997 750ml
Price: $185.00
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Upon release, this ’97 Valpolicella was praised for its power, its mouth-filling texture, its brambly fruits, and its sheer opulence. Now with more than two decades of maturity, this wine has added a gloss of tertiary notes to its patina of dark cherries and juicy berries, warm spices, smoky minerals, and kisses of game and chocolate. Still powerful and full-bodied, this wine unfurls myriad layers conveyed on a seamless, vibrant palate--it’s a treat for Dal Forno fans that just doesn’t quit. Crafted from Corvina (70%), Rondinella (20%), Croatina (5%), and Oselata (5%), Dal Forno Valpolicella Superiore holds essentially the same grape composition as the estate’s Amarone; the wine is a cru from the Monte Lodoletta vineyard, just like the Amarone; and just like the Amarone, the grapes undergo the appassimento technique, drying for about a month before pressing. more info
Giuseppe Quintarelli Recioto della Valpolicella Classico 2004 375ml
Giuseppe Quintarelli Recioto della Valpolicella Classico 2004 375ml
Price: $199.00

Arguably Italy's greatest sweet red wine, Quintarelli Recioto is one of IWM's fastest-selling dessert wines; the 2004 saw a benchmark vintage for the Veneto, and this Recioto vintage is a decadent delight that doesn’t sacrifice detail for power. Quintarelli’s '04 Recioto reflects its ideal growing season in its kaleidoscopic layers, velvety texture, and mind-blowing complexity. This wine layers its sweet black cherries and juicy figs with mentholated herbs, Christmas spices, roasted coffee, worn leather, and dark chocolate in a Port-like palate that marries lively acidity with intense dry extract. Velvety tannins provide a sensual backdrop, while savory earthy notes complement the wine’s sweet fruits into its lingering, extended finish. Rarely produced, this bottling appears only three to four times a decade because it requires thirty pounds of grapes (it’s a blend of mostly Corvina and Corvinone, with Rondinella, Cabernet Sauvignon, Nebbiolo, Croatina, and Sangiovese) and at least ten years of aging to create one standard bottle. This hedonistic drink will recalibrate everything you thought you knew about dessert wine. more info