Rich texture and extraction mark this full-bodied red. There are cherry, brown-sugar and chocolate flavors, along with a smoky note and a heady dose of alcohol. It stays in balance, though, and the whole thing comes together in a long, sweet finish.
Amarone San Giorgio has shown great improvement over the past few vintages and this expression is redolent of blackberry, spice, leather, mature cherry and Spanish cedar. There’s harmony and elegance here, followed by a big, chewy mouthfeel.
Located at the foot of the town of San Giorgio in western Valpolicella, Boscaini’s top cru seems to have been affected by the hot vintage. Aromas include ripe cherry with strawberry comfiture, dried prune, raisin and finely etched mineral tones. It’s slightly lighter in color and concentration but slides like silk over the palate and is not cloying or too chewy.
This ripasso has distinctive elements of mature fruit, chopped herb, black stone and toasted oak. The wine is soft and plush in the mouth with a very pleasant and slight sweet cherry and menthol-like finish. Imported by Tuscany Import.
Chewy and rich, this has opulent tones of ripe fruit, chocolate fudge, Indian spice, maple syrup and dark honey, with a pungent point of dried apple or lemon zest in the background. The finish is extracted and dense, showing a playful touch of sweetness.
With its thick density and slightly off-dry flavors of raisin, cassis, honey and liquid smoke, this would pair with hearty country pâté or meat terrines. Its alcohol, mild tannins and fresh-fruit finish would also work with those fatty foods.
Amarone San Giorgio offers aromas of cherry, spice and clove but doesn’t have the natural intensity of other wines from this vintage. It’s more neutral and shy from an aromatic point of view although the mouthfeel is vibrant and crisp.