Deep garnet red, intense dry grapes and plums with hints of spices (cloves and cinnamon) cherry jam and iris. Toasted almonds complete the finish.
The 2006 Amarone della Valpolicella offers up juicy red cherries, licorice, leather, smoke and scorched earth. Although this remains a fairly classic, mid-weight style of Amarone, the balance of fruit and structural components is commendable. The finish is long and beautifully articulated, even if slight elements of austerity remain. Still, there is a poise and sense of centeredness I find quite intriguing. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2022.
Santi traces its origins to 1843, when Carlo Santi established a wine cellar in Illasi, near Verona and Lake Garda. The original winery, very attractively renovated, still houses the winemaking facilities and aging cellar and stands on the plain below Castello d'Illasi, a ruined medieval fortress. Santi specializes in Veneto and Trentino wines. In addition to experimenting with the benefits of aging in new French oak barrels (barriques) for wines such as... View More