Wine Word of the Week: Amarone

By Kori ~ November 1st, 2011.

This week’s Wine Word of the Week is Amarone.

Official definition from Jancis Robinson’s The Oxford Companion to Wine:
Amarone is the most famous of Italy’s dry dried grape wines and has recently been revitalized…. Amarone applied for DOCG status in February 2005 to ensure that it is made solely from Corvina and Corvinone, which together can comprise between 40 and 80 percent of the blend, together with 5-30 percent of the lesser Rondinella.

The wine is made from selected superior whole bunches which are dried or raisined in special drying lodges or chambers. …. After the drying process is finished, the grapes are crushed and fermented dry.

Layman’s terms from Kori:
Traditionally, Amarone was produced in Italy by taking perfectly ripe bunches of grapes and placing them in slatted wooden boxes or hanging them from ceiling rafters to dry. All of the sugar in the grapes is converted into alcohol, so the wine is dry.

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