Bertani, Amarone Classico DOC

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Tasting Note

A deep garnet red colour witnesses the long barrel ageing. The first impression on the nose is of fresh black cherry aromas, leading into notes of maraschino cherry and plum. Immense depth and complexity on the palate: dried fruit, oolong tea, liquorice, spice, red-berry fruits, and a long velvety vanilla note on the finish.

However, the key to this wine has got to be the sweetness level. It is genuinely dry, unlike many modern-style competitors.

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  • Red Wine

  • Red - Richly Textured & Full Bodied

  • Bertani

  • Italy

  • Veneto

  • Corvina

  • Rondinella 20%

  • 2009

  • Drink now

  • 75cl

  • Cork

  • 15

  • Yes

  • Tre Bicchieri - Gambero Rosso


Made from Corvina and Rondinella grapes from the slopes around Villa Novare in the Valpolicella Classica area. To the east, the soils are calcareous marls, whilst the western part of the vineyard has a thin layer of topsoil over limestone. The vines are guyot trained with a density of 5,000 plants per hectare. The harvest takes place around the second week of September; grapes are picked by hand to maintain whole bunches. A selection of the best, perfectly ripe and healthy bunches is then transported to the drying loft under the winery eaves and laid out on cane mats (“aréle”) for drying ("appassimento"). After about 120 days, the grapes become denser, the flavours gain complexity and the sugars reach 17% potential alcohol. In mid-January the grapes are picked off the bunches and crushed. There is a pre-fermentation maceration at 4/5C for a few days, followed by a period at 18C and around 50 days of post-fermentation maceration. This confers very high levels of glycerine and consequently extremely soft and silky palate feel. Ageing in wood takes around six years in large Slavonian oak casks. After bottling, the wines are stored for at least another year before release.
To summarise the production philosophy: "it is very easy to make a so-called impressive Amarone, but very difficult to make one like this which uses absolutely no modern cellar technology. This is faithful to its terroir. We do not drive the winemaking, we let the wine drive us."


  • 94+/100 - The 2007 Amarone della Valpolicella Classico is an impressive wine built to last. Bertani does a great job of presenting the purity of the wine's fruit, its territory and its tradition. The Amarone is not overbuilt or too muscular. Instead, it walks with small, poised footsteps that carry it long and wide. The bouquet shows classic notes of dried fruit, toasted almond, resin, cola and grilled herb.

    • Monica Larner
  • Tre Bicchieri

    • Gambero Rosso Guide
  • The 2008 vintage Amarone Classico Bertani is elegant: a ruby red color and nuances of garnet, it delights the senses with its aromas of ripe red fruit (such as cherry, morello and berries), while mingling with balsamic notes of licorice , earth and tobacco. The taste gives a very intense and concentrated drinkability, with freshness and fine tannins, great balance and a pleasant final sensation of blueberries. It’s definitely a very long-lived red wine that could be drunk with satisfaction even 20 years after bottling. The producers call it a wine with a classic, timeless style. 92/100

    • (independent blog)
    • Umberto Gambiini

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