We're huge fans of Dal Forno and Quintarelli Amarones. But...
At $300 per bottle, those two Valpolicella powerhouses make great special occasion wines. At a fraction of their price, the 2015 Tenuta Santa Maria "Riserva" Amarone will blow you away!
Tenuta Santa Maria is without a doubt one of the best values from the Valpolicella!
You may recall, we flipped for the 2013 Tenuta Santa Maria, which received an impressive 97 points and Platinum Award from Decanter in addition to our accolades. The 2015 is another Amarone all-star!
"Sweet violets and roses give way to black cherries, balsamic spices and white smoke as the incredibly pretty 2015 Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Riserva blossoms in the glass. This is an undeniably elegant and refined style, casting a polished display of licorice-tinged blackberries and savory herbs across a core of brisk acidity. The resulting expression is quite savory, tapering off long with building tannic tension that grows with each sip. Rich notes of mocha contrast fresh mint and salty minerals, as this finishes impossibly long with an umami feel. The 2015 gets an official “wow” in my book.” Antonio Galloni, Vinous
Not just a powerhouse...
This wine is very approachable and graceful despite its heft. Decant for 30 minutes and be wowed. The room will fill with crushed cherry and dried fig aromas.
Hoard this amazing Amarone (only 100 six-packs imported) for yourself and enjoy with classic pairings of a grilled steak, hard cheeses, or spicy tomato ragu.