Domenico Fraccaroli Amarone della Valpolicella 2013
Corvina Blend｜Valpolicella, Italy
In fair Verona where we set our scene we bring you a heady, powerful aged wine from the house of Domenico Fraccaroli, in their historic "Grotta del Ninfeo" estate in Valpolicella.
Valpolicella – the "Valley of Many Cellars" – is home to the regal Amarone, a wine produced by drying ultra-ripe grapes in the appassimento process, a painstakingly slow method, drying the grapes in small wooden boxes until most of the water is gone, thereby concentrating and intensifying the flavors.
This wine is not for the faint of heart! With heady port-like aromas, balsamic and fig jam, spiced plum, and chocolate-covered walnuts this baby is hedonistic, mouth-coating, and rich. Throw it in a decanter for a couple hours and it unfolds beautifully. Wines of this majesty and mouth-coating complexity go perfectly with osso busso: slow braised lamb or veal shank slathered in gremolata, a parsley-garlic-lemon garnish.
The grapes are a blend of Corvina, Corvinone, Rondinella, and Molinara, traditional local varieties barely known outside the region. The oldest vines planted in this vineyard are over 50 years old. Tradition, tradition, tradition!
The elder Domenico founded the estate in 1958; his son Tiziano eventually bought the "Grotta del Ninfeo" estate in Lavagno, the heart of Amarone country. Now, Domenico Jr. and Luca Fraccaroli run the farm, the 3rd generation to do so. All family-owned, hand-harvested, made lovingly and old-school!