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
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.