Sartori di Verona, Amarone della Valpolicella Classico (Veneto, Italy) Corte Brá 2007

($50, Cru Artisan): Sartori, a top producer based in the Veneto, bottles several Amarone.  This one, Corte Brá, comes from a single vineyard and is, in my experience, always outstanding.  The 2007 is particularly noteworthy because it is still widely available in the retail market and now, at a decade of age, is luscious and captivating.  The 2007 Corte Brà though dense and concentrated, is balanced beautifully.  As expected from Amarone, it’s a powerhouse with a hint of sweetness in the finish that actually complements the dried fruit flavors.  For all its intensity and power, it’s remarkably suave and elegant.  Its overall size and structure makes it a perfect choice for hearty food — think leg of lamb — this winter.
92 Michael Apstein Oct 4, 2016