Amarone Monte Olmi Riserva 2011 Tedeschi
€ 65,95 (in Vat)
If you like big Amarones, this one is big with a capital B. The most robust and powerful of the bunch, the 2011 Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Riserva Capitel Monte Olmi is also sophisticated and integrated, despite its huge alcohol content at 17%. I knew the alcohol was high, but I would have never guessed it was that high, and that speaks to the relative balance achieved here. It is sweet, robust and richly layered and textured in the mouth. This is a huge wine that will make you very happy, very fast. The blend is 30% Corvina, 30% Corvinone, 30% Rondinella and a 10% mix of Oseleta, Negrara, Dindarella, Croatina and Forselina, which comes from the Monte Olmi vineyard in the Pedemonte hills. The grapes are dried for a lengthy four months. This is the estate's flagship label, and it became a Riserva starting with the 2009 vintage. Some 10,000 bottles were made.
Winespectator / James Suckling (94)
Intriguing and aromatic on the nose, with a lovely sage and incense character, this sleek, full-bodied red reins in power, offering a tightly knit core of raspberry puree, Earl Grey tea and rich, loamy earth flavors that linger on the long and fragrant finish.