An exploration of wine

274. Cantina Valpantena, Amarone della Valpolicella Falasco, 2001

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Book 2 Wine 274

£20.00; 15%

Saw this on sale at Selfridges as well, and felt like testing out an Amarone from a generally good Italian year (dunno precisely about Valpolicella). Hadn’t specifically come across Falasco, but I like the concentration created by the dried-grape method. Deep, deep garnet core with only a narrow brick rim. Intense core aroma of jammy fruit – damson and blackberry in particular – but dominated by cocoa and vanilla. On the palate, juicy sweet black jammy fruit, laced with smoke, vanilla and spice on the long finish. Clearly alcoholic warmth. Gentle tannin, but some balancing acidity. Overall, slightly overbalanced by alcohol (15%!), with jammy and baked-fruit notes tending to drive over the underlying fruit. Drink now. Ironically, 3 days later I found Falasco’s Ripasso in a London pub, and I’d day it was better balanced at lower ABV.

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