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Veneto Wines

Veneto produces more wine, specifically more DOC wine, than anywhere else in Italy. Of all the DOC wines, the whites of Soave and the reds of Valpolicella are the most widely exported and internationally recognized. Garganega is the grape grown in Soave that generally produces neutral, light and easy-drinking wines. Recently, however, because many growers have planted vines on the local volcanic hills, production has resulted in wines with mouthwatering acidity and complex floral components. The Valpolicella DOC lies inland on the coastal plain of Veneto, where the warmer climate infuses the wine with richness that contributes to its high ratings, according to our Veneto Wine Ratings. Corvina is the key grape variety used in all of the reds from the Valpolicella, Bardolino and Amarone della Valpolicella DOCs. It is typically blended with Rondinella and Molinara—varieties that impart the wines with a range of styles from the lighter and fruiter wines of Bardolino, to the dark and masculine wines of Amarone. Much of this is due to the passito process, when grapes are dried on racks until they’ve shriveled up, hich can result in higher quality wines. Valpolicella, for example, has a concentrated, fruit-forward flavor with chocolate and raisin undertones. Read our Veneto Wine Guide to find all the top-rated wines from the region.

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Masi 1990 Mazzano Red (Amarone della Valpolicella Classico)

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This is wonderfully integrated and complex, offering a dizzying array of spices that blend seamlessly with notes of leather and cherries. Wonderfully velvety in texture and round in the mouth, but also boasting a long, spice-filled finish. A tremendous effort. Drink now–2020.  — J.C.  (12/31/2006)
96
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Masi 2003 Mazzano Red (Amarone della Valpolicella Classico)

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  1. $170
This has enormous richness and intensity, with penetrating aromas of leather, tobacco, spice, dark fruit and dark chocolate. On the palate, it’s inky, rich and supersmooth. This is one of the best Italian wines ever made from the difficult 2003 vintage.  — M.L.  (11/1/2012)
96
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Dal Forno Romano 2003 Vigneto di Monte Lodoletta Red (Amarone della Valpolicella)

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  1. $470
Monte Lodoletta Amarone is an exercise in extraction. The wine is absolutely black. Aromas are concentrated and intense and the wine is equally enormous in the mouth thanks to the extraction, oak, fruit and the hot climatic conditions associated with this vintage. Drink after 2020.  — M.L.  (12/1/2009)
96
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Quintarelli 1998 Red (Amarone della Valpolicella Classico)

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There’s something magical about this wine: the purity, the elegance, the harmony, the immediate rush of intensity. This is one of Italy’s iconic wines thanks to the profound purity it delivers with notes of chocolate, leather, cherry, apple, cola and spice. It imparts loads of succulent flavor and is simply beautiful.  — M.L.  (12/1/2007)
95
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Le Salette 2008 Pergole Vece Red (Amarone della Valpolicella Classico)

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  1. $132
The fruit-driven- intensity and general youthfulness of this Amarone promise a very long future. It’s well-built and bold, with a rich, chewy mouthfeel and lively aromas of leather, spice, plum, dark fruit and tobacco. It goes down beautifully, leaving a long endnote of divine chocolate fudge.  — M.L.  (11/1/2012)
95
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Dal Forno Romano 2006 Red (Amarone della Valpolicella)

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  1. $530
Dal Forno delivers one of the world’s most impossibly rich and concentrated red wines. Using grapes sourced from the high-density Monte Lodoletta vineyard, this inky, dark expression oozes with syrupy tones of maraschino, dark chocolate fudge, cinnamon spice, crushed clove and barbecue smoke. In keeping with the wine’s legendary reputation for long aging potential…  — M.L.  (11/1/2012)
95
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Dal Forno Romano 2004 Vigneto di Monte Lodoletta Red (Amarone della Valpolicella)

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  1. $500
A landmark wine for the Valpolicella region, Vigneto di Monte Lodoletta is surely among the biggest, boldest and most concentrated red wines on the planet. Thanks to the appassimento process, extremely low yields and long oak aging, this Amarone takes intensity and richness to new extremes. The tannins are still astringent and tight, and the wine will absolutely…  — M.L.  (12/1/2011)
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Zenato 2004 Riserva Sergio Zenato Red (Amarone della Valpolicella Classico)

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  1. $130
Gorgeous, rich and penetrating, this wine excels in terms of the elegance of its aromas. Layers of black fruit, spice, mesquite, beef jerky, cola and soy sauce are perfectly integrated and the wine shows plump, ripe richness on the close. Promises to age 10 years or more.  — M.L.  (2/1/2011)
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