Brigaldara, Amarone della Valpolicella Classico DOCG (Veneto, Italy) Cavolo 2017

($70, Vinifera):  Brigaldara’a Cavolo Amarone display darker fruit flavors and more weight than their straight Amarone, yet maintains their signature elegance and balance.  The 16.0 percent stated alcohol is integrated effortlessly into the flavors and weight.  There’s no heat or raisiny flavors here, just purity.  Incredibly bright and long, it finishes with a distinct and alluring tarry minerality and engaging bitterness.  I tasted this wine during the heat of summer, and, despite its size, it still showed beautifully.  I can only imagine how much more delightful it will be with consumed with hearty wintertime fare.  Amarone fans will love it.  Those unfamiliar with the joys of Amarone should start here.
95 Michael Apstein Nov 8, 2022