Capitel della Crosara Monopolio Montresor Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 1999
So sometime last week I felt that I needed to celebrate absolutely nothing and open a really nice bottle of wine. This has been sitting around in my cellar for a while and recent reading revealed to me that the Amarone’s of the late 90’s are peaking right about now; so there was no real reason to wait on this one. And boy was that a good choice.
This is a beautiful Amarone with a nose of classic dark and raisiny fruit, but with absolutely amazing intensity. The palate was simply brilliant with cedar, blackberry, plum, dried cherries and berry liqueur. All of these flavours were integrated perfectly with nothing out of balance. This type of integration and consistency is very rare in wine since there is often a hole in the development from the nose, over the palate and down the throat. With this Amarone, however, there was absolutely no break in the development and the flavours kept growing and changing so consistently over the entire experience that it was simply amazing. Plus, the finish was nearly endless, lasting in the mouth for several minutes. This wine was a beautiful and seductive temptress in a dimly lit bar – think Casablanca.
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