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Amarone

The Grape

Our Amarone style wines are created to represent the Amarone wines made in the winemaking region of Valpolicella, in Verona, Italy. Amarone is made from Corvina, Rondinella and Molinara, the same grapes used in Valpolicella wines. However, grapes for Amarone are harvested last for maximum ripeness. They are then kept in special drying rooms for several months to dry out and shrivel into raisins. This method (known as passito) produces grapes with high sugar content and concentrated flavours while still maintaining acidity for balance.

The Wines

Amarone is unique in the wine world and often considered the jewel of any well-stocked wine cellar. On the palate Amarone wines are rich and full-bodied. They have medium to high acidity, but are well balanced with just a hint of sweetness and boasting of luxurious flavours of mocha, bitter-sweet dark chocolate, raisins, black cherry, and dried figs.  To bring out their most intense flavours, Amarone style wines should be cellared for a few months to a few years.

The Occasions

Amarone style wines are special wines deserving of special occasions, such as a Sunday roast beef dinner with the extended family. Sommeliers at restaurants will often suggest pairing Amarone with braised beef short ribs or more classically, with a plate of Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, a couple of fresh figs and some walnuts.

 
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Varietal/Style
Region/Style
Profile

Different types of winemaking practices can affect the outcome of your wine. The chart below is a guideline for how we describe the profiles of our finished wines. Refer to tasting notes for each wine’s profile.

OAK BODY SWEETNESS
U - UNOAKED
L - LIGHT
M - MEDIUM
H - HEAVY
L - LIGHT
M - MEDIUM
F - FULL
D - DRY
O - OFF-DRY
S - SWEET
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En Primeur Winery Series
Amarone
Italy
M | F | D
Varietal/Style: En Primeur Winery Series
Profile: M | F | D
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Weeks 6 - 8
Varietal Amarone
Sweetness Dry
Oak Medium
Body Full
Labels Included Yes
Wine Kit Instructions (PDF)

En Primeur Winery Series Italy Amarone Classico Style

Assertively full-bodied, this classic wine features a delicate nose of black cherries, dark chocolate and well-balanced oak. Ripe dark fruit flavours are cradled by firm tannins culminating with a lengthy finish.

Fermenting your wine on GenuWine Winery Dried Grape Skins will add deep hues, enhance the bouquet, and promote chewy tannins for a lingering finish.

Food Pairings

Great with beef stew or pasta with truffle sauce.

En Primeur Winery Series
Amarone
Italy
M | F | D
Varietal/Style: En Primeur Winery Series
Profile: M | F | D
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Weeks 6 - 8
Varietal Amarone
Sweetness Dry
Oak Medium
Body Full
Labels Included Yes
Wine Kit Instructions (PDF)

En Primeur Winery Series Italy Amarone Style

A spicy bouquet with black cherry, tobacco, licorice, and coffee notes. The palate is big, round, and flavourful with delicious dark fruit, leather, cassis, and pepper notes.

Fermenting your wine on GenuWine Winery Crushed Grape Skins will enhance the bouquet and contribute soft velvety tannins for a round, juicy mouthfeel.

Food Pairings

Enjoy with braised beef, tomato sauce and pasta or gouda cheese.

Cru Select
Amarone
Italy
H | F | D
Varietal/Style: Cru Select
Profile: H | F | D
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Weeks 6
Varietal Amarone
Sweetness Dry
Oak Heavy
Body Full
Labels Included Yes
Wine Kit Instructions (PDF)

Cru Select Amarone Style

This classic Italian style wine is packed with rich raspberry, blackberry and cassis flavours. Deep, dark, and inviting, the finish is long, lingering, and full of ripe tannins.

Food Pairings

Tastes great with heavy meat like beef or lamb with gorgonzola sauce.