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100 points James Suckling for Amarone Della Valpolicella Classico Bertani 2015
04 June 2024

100 points James Suckling for Amarone Della Valpolicella Classico Bertani 2015

A wine, a history that never stops evolving.

A winery like BERTANI should be used to such recognitions, but each time feels like the first. Especially when the pinnacle of excellence is marked by a wine like the Amarone della Valpolicella Classico, which, in the 2015 vintage, expresses its full identity as a great red wine, a flagship of Made in Italy. The 2015 vintage follows the success of the Amarone Classico Bertani 2013, which last year was the most awarded wine in Italy.

The result of over three thousand days of waiting and work, “the 2015 vintage is the harvest that first felt the impact of climate change and how it influences the nature and composition of the grapes, and therefore, the duration of the so called “messa a riposo”- the resting period,” reports the Bertani technical team.

An exuberant Amarone. “The nose is very expressive and complex, with distinct floral (violet/crocus) and cedar top notes, underpinned by darker, more brawny, earthy and tar tones. On the palate, there is substantial weight, but no heaviness thanks to the lively acidity. The generous, seamlessly textured fruit coats the tannins. Red fruit notes of remarkable purity are followed by a rich mouthful of great liquorice dimension, and a meaty, savoury finish. This is a brooding wine, with a reservoir of savoury, smoky depths, accessible now thanks to the supple tannins and sensual expressivity, but with decades of glorious evolution to come” says Nick Jackson, Master of Wine, who curated the volume THE LIBRARY for BERTANI, which contains the cataloging of 45 vintages over 66 years of history.

The Amarone della Valpolicella Classico BERTANI is a true classic of the denomination, a red that encapsulates tradition, territory, and rural wisdom. 80% Corvina Veronese, 20% Rondinella, are left to rest in a traditional drying room without any forced temperature or humidity control. The resting period on the “aréle” lasts 78 days.

The wine then matures in 50 – 100 hectoliter Slavonian oak barrels for 7 years.

The bottle aging lasts about 1 year. The result is a wine of great thickness and depth, both in aromas and on the palate, where the alcohol finds its ideal companions in acidity and refined tannins.

A wine that, in these days, enters the market and marks its entrance under the sign of excellence.

“This result is a source of pride for the entire team, which has always preserved the values and style of a great brand. This is a timeless wine, born from a unique place, respect for tradition, and the art of patience,” says Pietro Riccobono (Chief Wine Maker of the Angelini Wines & Estates Group).

Concludes the new CEO of ANGELINI WINES & ESTATES, Alberto Lusini:

“The entire BERTANI team rejoiced at this ‘perfect score,’ 100 points that seal a long work that starts from respect for the territory and the unmistakable style of the house, vintage after vintage.”

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Angelini Wines & Estates operates by combining tradition and innovation. It consists of 6 wineries, totaling 1,700 hectares of land, of which 460 are vineyards, and an overall production of about 4 million bottles per year. In the three historic Tuscan wineries, it produces fine wines in three different denominations of origin: Brunello di Montalcino at Val di Suga, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano at Tenuta Trerose, and Chianti Classico at San Leonino. In Marche, the Fazi Battaglia winery, a historic brand of Italian wine, is renowned for producing Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico. Cantina Puiatti in Romans d’Isonzo (GO) is dedicated to producing great white wines from Friuli, while Bertani is known for producing Amarone della Valpolicella Classico. Since 2018, it has been an Agricultural Company, thus linking wine production to its own vineyards. A courageous choice, which is more than a mere corporate change and explains the Group’s commitment to investing in and enhancing its viticultural heritage. Angelini Wines & Estates has always been dedicated to sustainable productions: this vocation has allowed it to obtain organic and Equalitas certification for Tenuta Trerose in Montepulciano.

Angelini Industries is a multinational industrial group founded in Ancona in 1919 by Francesco Angelini. Today it represents a solid and articulated industrial reality that employs about 5,800 people and operates in 21 countries worldwide with revenues exceeding 2 billion euros, generated in the health, industrial technology, and consumer goods sectors. A strategy of targeted investments aimed at growth; constant commitment to research and development; deep knowledge of markets and business sectors, make Angelini Industries one of the Italian excellence in the sectors in which it operates. The Group is committed to reducing its environmental impact and finding increasingly advanced solutions in the perspective of the circular economy, adopting the most advanced standards in health and safety for workers and the most rigorous processes to ensure the highest quality, verifying the entire supply chain: from supplier certification, raw material control, production process, finished product and packaging, to sample checks at the point of sale. For over 100 years, the Angelini family has guided the evolution of Angelini Industries with an entrepreneurial style typical of Italian family capitalism. To learn more, visit angeliniindustries.com