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2012 Castellani Amarone Cinque StelleBlend from Italy

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"Amarone Cinque Stelle is a masterpiece resulting from the careful selection of the grapes from the Ca’ del Pipa vineyard at higher elevation and a meticulous drying process wh...

  • 93 Wine Spectator
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93

"A dense, well-knit red, offering finely sculpted tannins and rich cherry compote, forest floor, baking spice, date and singed orange peel flavors, set on a silky palate. Long and aromatic, with hints of mocha, citrus zest, spice and smoke echoing on the chewy finish. Drink now through 2027. 1,200 cases made. -AN"

Product Description:

"Amarone Cinque Stelle is a masterpiece resulting from the careful selection of the grapes from the Ca’ del Pipa vineyard at higher elevation and a meticulous drying process which result in amazing concentration of sugars, tannins and extracts. ‘Cinque Stelle’ is Italian for ‘Five Stars’, an indication of its ultimate quality.

Made with the typical grape varieties of the Valpolicella district, 75% Corvina Veronese, 20% Rondinella and 5% Molinara. Following the traditional Amarone process, after the harvest the grapes are air-dried for 4-3 months and then pressed gently. The resulting wine is aged in a combination of large Slavonian oak barrels (60%) and French barriques (40%) for 3 years, then it rests one more year in bottle prior to release.

Deep ruby color, the bouquet is rich in sour black cherries, blackberry jam and spice. Smooth and elegant in the mouth, with powerful spicy cherry fruit supported by some sweetness, savory cocoa accents and soft tannins. Graceful yet powerful, in a fairly international key. Excellent with roasts, grilled meat and seasoned cheeses. Enjoy with friends after dinner." - Importer

Product Detail

Item # 100118
Country Italy
Region Veneto
Sub-Region Amarone
Ratings

93 - Wine Spectator

Vintage 2012
Color Red
ABV 15.5%
Varietal(s) Corvina, Rondinella, Molinara
Size 750 mL
Closure Cork
Features
Taste chocolate, mocha, fig, earth, raisin, cranberry and plum
Nose chocolate, mocha, fig, earth, raisin, cranberry and plum