Well, I can believe that. I was truly dumbfounded myself on tasting this new-release gem. In my 15 years of doing this, this is only the second time we have EVER had any of this to offer!! We don't see a lot of good Amarone here that often (partly because rabid collectors snap it all up before it gets to California!), but this was a one-off that an Italian importer had pulled out of his bag at the end of a long tasting in our warehouse yesterday. We loved everything he sampled us on, but THIS - this was something in another stratosphere, in another realm. Cocoa, tea, sandalwood, all super long and fresh. So intense, so complex, with insane layers of port-ish nuances but a completely dry wine. Fantastic!
Giuseppe Lonardi makes what can only be called utterly CLASSIC, old-school Amarone from old-vines that produce an astounding low yield of ONE BOTTLE PER VINE. I cannot recommend this more highly!!
2010 GIUSEPPE LONARDI AMARONE DELLA VALPOLICELLA CLASSICO D.O.C. $55.99!! (and worth twice that!) $336 a 6-pack!!
Trust me, you will understand the significance of that when you taste this gorgeous, intense and fantastically complex wine. We were stunned- but not only that - this isn't priced like the big dogs ($100+) - it is incredibly reasonable for what you will get - and you will be one of the very few in this country to own it! Trust your wine merchant!
Importer notes: "Matured for 22 months in French barriques, it is a neo-classic Italian wine that will age for 15 years, and a very limited production. Of all the wines of Italia, none is more breath-takingly unique than the wine of Verona called Amarone. And, in our opinion, few make it better than Giuseppe Lonardi. His Amarone is remarkably port-like and very concentrated, with powerful, heady aromas of dried fruit potpourri, chocolate, cedar chest, and exotic spice. The production is micro, and it shows in this luxurious, breathtaking wine. That is one reason why this monumental wine will age for 30+ years."