Bertani Amarone Villa Arvedi DOC 2012, Italy
Few wines caused as much controversy and aroused passion in The Wine Show as Amarone. The semi-dried grapes don’t just concentrate cherry-fruit, spice and alcohol. They also concentrate emotion and devotion to the style. It’s a big wine, with a big heart and needs big flavours (think long, slow-cooked beef with a sticky gravy) that’s believed to be almost medicinal among many Italians. When the nights draw in, this is what you want in your cupboard.