Terroir: Le Ragose Amarone is produced from estate vineyards sitting about 1,200 feet in elevation. The vineyards are ideally situated with a southwest exposure and soils of clay and magnesium, calcium and iron based gravel. Vines average 30-60 years old.
Vinification: Following harvest the grapes are laid out in single layers in small wooden boxes where they will slowly dry until January or February. Once dry, the raisined grapes are fermented for up to 30 days with indigenous yeasts in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks where they will stay for a period of 12 months followed by 4-5 years in large Slavonian oak casks.
Le Ragose Amarone shows dense, ripe and lush berries with a hint of dark chocolate. This is a wine of power and elegance, harmonic and enticing. The finish is long and satisfying. Excellent with wild game birds, wild goat, risotto all’Amarone, Gorgonzola cheese, dark chocolate desserts, cheesecakes, hazelnut and almond desserts.
Score: 92 PointsThe Wine Advocate Author: Monica Larner
Here's a beautiful wine that offers a powerful blast of black fruit intensity. The 2007 Amarone della Valpolicella Classico is a very intricate wine despite all that muscle and brawn that acts as a momentary distraction when you first approach the bouquet. You'll get tertiary aromas of dried fruit and liquid smoke, with pretty mineral definition as well. There is a brief moment of sweetness that is quickly followed by savory tones of spice, tar and licorice.
Score: 93 PointsVinous Author: Ian D'Agata
Opaque dark ruby. Aromas of red plum, black cherry, sweet spices and milk chocolate. A rich, round, and very well balanced Amarone offering a boatload of red cherry, dark plum, brown spices and milk chocolate flavors that are precise and pure. Finishes very long and creamy. Lovely Amarone.
Score: 91 PointsWine Enthusiast Author: Kerin O'Keefe
Steeped prune, vanilla, resin, exotic spice and crushed blue flower aromas lead the way on this concentrated wine. The rich, dense palate delivers blackberry jam, raisin, licorice and mocha while firm, glossy tannins provide structure.
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