Just outside of the historic city center of Verona , heading north and west towards Lake Garda, you’ll encounter the rolling hills of the Valpolicella region – the name is thought to come from the Greek meaning “Valley of Many Cellars”. It is the second largest producer of quality (DOC) wines. The Valpolicella area encompasses several neighboring valleys that include seven different villages.

Notwithstanding some seriously esoteric exceptions, when it comes to red wine, Valpolicella is dedicated to the production of just three grape varieties: Corvina, Rondinella, and Molinara. However, as a result of when the grapes are picked and what is done after, the wines can be startlingly different in the bottle.

Welcome: GIUSTI – AMARONE!!  The king of the big red wines of the region.

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Amarone2012 backThe Taste of GIUSTI Amarone…. On the palate Giusti Amarone wine has a medium-plus to high acidity balanced with higher alcohol and flavors of rich black cherry, brown sugar and chocolate. By the way, the older the Amarone, the more it will offer flavors of brown sugar, molasses and fig.

After harvesting the grapes for “Tier 1” Valpolicella Classico, they are immediately crushed and fermented. This is a light, high acid red wine; it generally sees no oak aging and provides a perfect match for the traditional local appetizers. I promise – in Verona, even horse tartar is pretty amazing when accompanied by delicious Valpolicella. During the roughly 120 days that this occurs, the grapes will lose 30-40% of their weight. The result is intense concentration and a very high sugar content, which in turn translates into 15% or higher alcohol levels. It also demands a premium price. You can do the math yourself: a hell of a lot more fruit goes into a bottle of Amarone than a bottle of Valpolicella. The drying process demands an investment of time and space on behalf of the winery.

amarone-grapes-drying-outBy contrast, the fruit destined to become GIUSTI Amarone takes quite a different journey before reaching the bottle. Grapes are picked a bit later to ensure ripeness – usually in mid-October. Then, they are left all winter to dry into raisins.

How to get great Valpolicella Amarone-like wine for under $70!

GIUSTI also produces Valpolicella Ripasso, often referred to as “Baby Amarone”. To make Ripasso, fresh Valpolicella Classico wine is mingled with leftover skins from Amarone winemaking. The resulting wine absorbs additional body and flavor, giving us a dry, medium-bodied wine with a similar complexity to Amarone at prices below $50! Giusti Ripasso is often mistaken by experts as being Amarone and is far superior to many lesser quality Amarone wines on the market.

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Giusti LogoMore than any other family of wines in Italy, the GIUSTI Valpolicella Ripasso truly offers a perfect companion for every occasion. Regardless of the season, occasion or your budget – you’ll never go wrong.

The famous Wine Writer – James Suckling, awarded a prestigious 92 points to: Giusti Amarone della Valpolicella Classico, and also Giusti Valpolicella Ripasso Superiore and he admits “that good wine should touch the soul like music, literature and love.”

To learn more about GIUST wines contact Michael Romano at Romano Brands – Call 516.681.5159

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