Terroir: The Santi Amarone is sourced from estate vineyards spread across multiple terroirs of the Valpolicella region.
Vinification: Only the ripest recie (ears) of the grape clusters are harvested when full ripeness is achieved in late October. Immediately following harvest the clusters are dried under shelter in flat wood crates until late January of the following year, greatly increasing natural sugar content and concentration. The dried grapes produce a powerful wine with marvelous flavor which is aged up to three years in Allier and Slovenian oak casks prior to release.
The 2012 Amarone is deep garnet red in color showing intense dry grapes and plums with hints of spices (cloves and cinnamon) cherry jam and iris. Toasted almonds complete the finish.
Score: 90 PointsVinous Author: Ian D'Agata
Bright dark red. Red cherry, sweet spices, botanical herbs and a strong note of cedar oak. Then rich, dense and juicy, with very good sweetness to the red fruit and herbal flavors. Turns a touch dry and austere on the back end. Very well done for Santi, the past Amarones of which have been at times thin and tart, but not this time.
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