What We’re Drinking – 2012 Tommasi Amarone della Valpolicella Classico DOCG

Why do I let so much time elapse between bottles of Amarone? This is an extra-rich, extra-layered wine because it’s made from grapes that are dried for months, concentrating the flavor and adding a sweet, dried-cherry tone to the aromas and flavors. The Tommasi wine is classic, beginning with a waft of fruit underlain with leather. A velvety texture and more luscious dark, bright, bramble fruit on the palate, with integrated tannins into the finish. We found an especially great winter dinner pairing: a French Meat Pie from a local bakery — the secret is allspice.

Well Recommended: 92 BSE

WHO: Tommasi
WHERE: Valpolicella Classico area, Veneto, Italy
WHAT: 50% corvina, 30% rondinella, 15% corvinone, 5% oseleta
HOW MUCH: $61 (media sample)