Masi Costasera Amarone della Valpolicella 2010/2011, Italy
Amarone is made with the ‘appassimento’ technique – grapes laid out on bamboo beds over the winter to dry out and concentrate. When they ferment there’s more of everything. Cherry fruit, spice, fig, plum and… alcohol too. It’s a big, grand wine perfect with big, grand dishes like beef and game. But don’t serve too warm. That alcohol prefers a cool room or cellar temperature. If you’ve not had it yet, try this at least once.