Amarone della Valpolicella 2003 Lamberti, Veneto, Italy

Deep garnet with a brick-red rim. Ripe black berries, earthy, woodsy, medicinal nose (dried ginseng and chinese Rhizoma roots). Pretty similar flavors on the palate with grippy tannins. The first thing that really hit me was the bittersweet aftertaste. There was a streak of greenness in this concentrated red from the vineyards of Tenuta Pule but I suppose the medicinal components played a significant role here. Perfectly drinkable and likeable on cold, rainy winter days but not a very memorable Amarone I’m afraid. Given the vintage and the price, should I even ask for more?

Edited: Less than 12 hours later, the wine lost quite a lot of its initial aromas and the little complexity it possessed dissipated without a trace. AL’s response was “uninspiring and tasted just like any other mass-produced, forgettable european red. What’s so special about this wine?”. Well, nothing really. LOL!


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