2012 Monte Dall'ora Amarone Della Valpolicella "La Stropa"Blend from Italy
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"A stropa is a switch from the native weeping willow tree, used historically in Valpolicella viticulture to tie vines to pergolas; it is readily available and strong enough to ...
- 96 Eric Guido - Vinous Media
96 Eric Guido - Vinous Media
"The 2012 Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Stropa is dark and imposing in the glass, smoldering up with a mix of cherry and plum sauces, cloves, dried roses and ashen stone. It impresses further, with fleshy, enveloping textures that usher in masses of red and black berries, dark chocolate and a contrasting twang of sour citrus, all under an air of sweet tobacco. With one of the most vivid nuances of mocha that I’ve ever experienced in a wine, this lingers on, mixing with brown spice and hints of blood orange. The 2012 is so layered and deep, full of character and savory to the core; in fact, this is only one-two grams of residual sugar per liter. Fans of the more serious styles of Amarone will absolutely love this wine; I know I do."
"A stropa is a switch from the native weeping willow tree, used historically in Valpolicella viticulture to tie vines to pergolas; it is readily available and strong enough to withstand winter winds that blow down from the Alto Adige mountains. Monte Dall'Ora has not only perpetuated that practice but named their Amarone for it and actually tie a stropa around the neck of each red-wax-capped bottle. This literal tie to tradition perfectly symbolizes their passion for the history and terroir of Valpolicella. Their Amarone tends toward savory and sinew-y rather than sappy and sweet, uniquely reflective of vintage and place." -Importer
96 - Eric Guido - Vinous Media
|Varietal(s)||Corvina, Corvinone, Rondinella, Molinara|
|Taste||chocolate, mocha, fig, earth, raisin, cranberry and plum|
|Nose||chocolate, mocha, fig, earth, raisin, cranberry and plum|