Manager Ashley Berns & Valpolicella and Amarone
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Wines of the Night

2009 Trabucchi d'Illasi Valpolicella Superiore Terra Di San Colombano ($26)

Palate is medium- to full-bodied and has strong fruit which is a slightly sour blackberry/cherry note that rapidly becomes funky and has that clear barnyard quality. Acid is light and tannin is present, but just lightly coating. Finishes with similar qualities along with a little ash/tobacco.


Wine Scores

Ben: 88

Scott: 88

Tom: 89

Ashley: 88

2013 Buglioni l'Imperfetto Valpolicella Superiore ($19)

Deep ruby-red in color. Distinct and elegant aromas of ripe red fruit and black cherry, with scents of spices and vanilla. Round in the mouth, velvety and harmonic. This wine pairs well with tasty pasta and rice dishes. It is excellent with chargrilled or roasted beef, lamb and medium/mature cheeses.

Wine Scores

Ben: 77

Scott: 88

Tom: 87

Ashley: 89

2013 Allegrini Amarone della Valpolicella Classico ($70)

This wine has imposing structure and depth, as much in its aromas of mature fruit and spices, as on the palate, where the alcohol is sustained by the right degree of acidity and refined tannins.

Traditionally enjoyed with game, roasted and grilled meats, casseroles and well matured cheeses. Excellent with hearty dishes. Amarone’s distinctive flavor compliments new and exotic sweet and sour dishes. It is therefore also perfect with Asian and middle-eastern dishes.


Wine Scores

Ben: 91

Scott: 90

Tom: 91

Ashley: 90