Le Ragose Amarone della Valpolicella Classico DOCG, Veneto, Italy 2008
"Ripe dark-berry, underbrush and cooking-spice aromas lead the way. The concentrated, rich palate delivers raisin, star anise and tobacco alongside firm, refined tannins."
50% Corvina, 20% Rondinella, 20% Corvinone, 10% Other Varietals
At Le Ragose, local grapes Corvina, Corvinone and Rondinella are blended with the indigenous varieties discovered in the ancient Le Sassine vineyard. The estate’s vineyards are dry-farmed (no irrigation) and the steep vineyard slopes require all vineyard work to be done by hand. Le Ragose is one of only 5 growers in the whole of Valpolicella that does not buy grapes.
Le Ragose Amarone is produced from estate vineyards sitting about 1,200 feet in elevation. The vineyards are ideally situated with a southwest exposure and soils of clay and magnesium, calcium and iron based gravel. Vines average 30-60 years old.
Le Ragose Amarone shows dense, ripe and lush berries with a hint of dark chocolate. This is a wine of power and elegance, harmonic and enticing. The finish is long and satisfying. Excellent with wild game birds, wild goat, risotto all’Amarone, Gorgonzola cheese, dark chocolate desserts, cheesecakes, hazelnut and almond desserts.