A dry, robust Amarone. Cannot find the fruitiness or velvet found in a 2005 Allegrini. More like a good Ripasso than and Amarone. Not bad when placed against various categories of robust wines, but not good as a demonstration of what Amarone can and should be.
Unique to the Valpolicella area in the Veneto region, Amarone is one of Italy’s premier wines. It is a powerful, extracted and complex wine bursting with rich dried fruit and raisiny flavors. If you favor wines with finesse and elegance, you may not find this wine to your liking. It is a full-bodied, dry red wine with pronounced alcohol that pairs well with hearty winter dishes like roasted or grilled meats and winter vegetables. It also goes well with stewed fruit, nuts or aged cheeses or is wonderful served by itself while relaxing with family and friends after a hearty holiday meal.
The Luigi Righetti Amarone “Capitel de Roari” is a blend of 60 percent Corvina, 30 percent Rondinella and 10 percent Molinara. It has a deep purple, almost black color with engaging aromas of exotic spices, raisins and a hint of almond. Full-bodied and intense as a good Amarone should be, it’s juicy and rich with dark fruit and cassis flavors that coat your tongue and teeth with dark fruit and fine tannins.