Le Bessole Amarone

Review by Eric Tansey, CSW, Sommelier                                                                                                                       Le Bessole Amarone is garnet in color with a medium stain. The wine has a very soft and elegant nose. Aromas of rose petals, lavender, white pepper, dark cherry, and very subtle raisin.

On the palate, Le Bessole Amarone has big blackberry and red fruit characteristics, with prune, chocolate truffle, toffee, and vanilla bean undertones on the mid palate with raisins and earth on the finish.

The wine is all tied together with big tannins and high acidity, giving the wine great structure and back bone. Very complex wine under forty dollars and well worth the money. Cheers!

Tansey’s Blind Rating – 91 points

Wine Spectator – 89 Points


The Break Down

95%
Dryness Level
65%
Fruit
50%
Oak
75%
Tannins
60%
Acidity

Wine Selection – Le Bessole Amarone

Producer – Accordini Igino

Style – Amarone 

Region – Italy, Veneto, Valpolicella Classico

Varietals – 70% Corvina, 20% Rondinella, 10% Corvinoni 

Alcohol – 15%

Food Pairing – Filet, lamb, beef, roast, red pasta


What is Amarone?  

Amarone is a dry red wine with an Italian twist. The grapes used in Amarone are picked at full ripeness in early October and then, the carefully hand picked grapes are set out on straw mats to dry out until late January or early February. The dried out grapes are then crushed and fermented similarly to any other dry red wine. The final result is a big red wine with big fruit, raisin, and earth characteristics balanced with high tannin and high acidity.  These wines are from the Veneto Region of Northeastern Italy and are typically in the $30 and up price range. Pair with special dinners like filet mignon, lamb, beef, roast, or red pasta and your favorite meatball recipe.

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