trešdiena, 2015. gada 22. jūlijs


Amarone della Valpolicella, usually known as Amarone, is a typically rich Italian red dry wine made from the partially dried grapes of the:

  • Corvina - Italian wine grape variety that sometimes also referred to as Corvina veronese or Cruina . It is mainly grown in the Veneto region of northeast Italy. Corvina is also used with several other grapes to create light red regional wines Bardolino ( 18.11.2015. ) and Valpolicella ( 15.07.2015. ) that have a mild fruity flavor with hints of almonds. Corvina produces light medium bodied wines with a light crimson coloring. The grapes naturally high acidity can make the wine somewhat tart with a slight bitter note.
  • Rondinella - Italian wine grape mainly grown in the Veneto region and used also in Valpolicella and Bardolino. The grape has rather neutral flavors but is flavored by growers due to its prolific yields.
and other approved red grape varieties.

Amarone grapes are harvested ripe in the first two weeks of October.

trešdiena, 2015. gada 15. jūlijs

Aglianico Grape

Aglianico is a black grape grown in the Basilicata ( 11.11.2015. ) and Campania ( 18.11.2015. ) regions of Italy, Aglianico is also known as Uva Nera ( Black Grape ).

The grape has also recently been planted in Australia, Texas and California, as it thrives in predominantly sunny climates. 

The grape has a tendency to ripen late, with harvests as late as November in some parts of southern Italy. If the grape is picked too early the grape can be aggressively tannic. After ripening the wine is placed in temperature controlled inox steel tanks for 15 days, while maintaining a temperature of 24 - 28 Celsius, thus reaching the stage of fermentation. after this, the wine is transferred to larger steel tanks, where they remain for a period of approximately year to mature.

Wines produced from Aglianico tend to be full bodied with firm tannins and high acidity, endowing them with good aging potential. The rich flavors of the wine make it appropriate for pairing with rich meats such as lamb meat.

In this youth, Aglianico is very tannic and concentrated, requiring a few years of ageing before it can be approachable. As it ages, the fruit becomes more pronounced and the tannins more balanced with the rest of wine.

The trademark coloring of the wine is a deep garnet.

In well made examples of the wine , it can have chocolate and plum aromas.