We have not done a wine review in a while mainly because we have been on the road. We stopped in at Marche Bacchus to join our friends Tex, Gidget and their sons for some blind wine tasting.
Jeff Wyatt , owner of Marche Bacchus brought us over a decanter with a red wine and we gave it our best shot !
In the glass it was medium bodied and with a nice rose color. The age of the vintage was thought to be in the 2004-2005 range. On the nose we had hints of spice and a over ripe dark fruit. The palate came through with spice, dark fruit and one report of liquorice. This wonderful wine had a medium finish with light to medium tannins
Jeff Wyatt brought to bottle out to us and explained it was a Amarone della Valpolicella La Coeta Corte Lenguin DOCG 2003 . He also added that he had just enjoyed this wine at home the previous evening. We were so intrigued by the wine we had to learn a little more about it.
The Amarone della Valpolicella La Coeta Corte Lenguin DOCG 2003 is a blend of Corvinone 60% , Rondinella 30% and Cabernet Sauvignon 10% This wine is made in the Italian Veneto region using the Passito method. Grapes are dryed in a cool dry place for up to 4 months until they are semi-dry which produces the concentrated sugar and flavor. If the fermentation continues and becomes completely dry it is called Amarone which means " strongly bitter". The grapes used in this process are always of high quality. Also of note is the Corvina grape is blended with Rondinella to produce a light colored , light bodied wine that are usually characterized by tart cherry flavor and even a slight bitter almond flavor as well.
We usually don't drink too much Amerone but this wine has sure opened our eyes to pay more attention to this great wine from the Veneto region in northeastern Italy. Thanks Jeff for a great selection