96 Points -Luca Maroni
91 Points - Wine Enthusiast
90.5 Points- Cellar Tracker Average
92 Insider Points
"Bold and brawny, this opens with aromas of pressed violet, dried plum and a whiff of cake spice. The full-bodied palate doles out brandied black cherry, licorice, black pepper and nutmeg alongside tightly knit, fine-grained tannins".
Classic Amarone with All the Supple Flavors
Amarone is the serious drinker's wine. It's a wine that, once you discover it, becomes something that you continually seek out. At least, that how it was for me. Now anytime I see an Amarone in a wine shop or a restaurant's list, I am tempted to splurge and buy the bottle, just to see if it has that classic style that I actively seek. If you're unfamiliar with the wine, Monte Zovo is great place to dive in.
Raisin & fresh syrup on the nose. Well-structured on the palate with red cherry, black licorice and dried figs, leading into a long and oppulent finish. Drinking well now, but with structure like this, can lie down for a few years.
92 Points - JZ March '18
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Amarone della Valpolicella DOCG, Veneto, Italy
Wine Geeks, Pros and Enthusiasts all agree on one thing: Veneto is its own vinous nation. And as said so aptly by Parker “It has the volume and the quality to stand on its own outside the context of Italian wine.”
Without exception, the one wine that shines particularly bright in the Veneto is the mighty Amarone, where it is "king" made from only the best varietals in the region. In this bottling, our Sourcing Team fell hard for a production that clearly shows the region's meticulous fruit selection makes for one "great find".
Full-bodied and powerful matched by a subtle elegance, there's a fruity granduer with spice and leather. Exceptional for those who enjoy big reds, it's a wine recognized for its deftness in creating obsessive fans. Hence: once you savor your first Amarone, you'll be waiting for more.
Things to know:
Carlo Cottini established this boutique winery back in 1925, growing a variety of tree fruit to help sustain his true passion, fine wine.In those days, Amarone was a local curiosity—a hearty, high-test red made with air-dried grapes, a practice invented by the ancient romans. Needless to say, by the time Carlo passed the torch to son Raffaello in the 1950s, the olive trees were no longer necessary.
Organically grown Corvina, Corvinone and Rondinella from estate-owned vineyards under the watchful care of Monte Zovo’s Cottina family make for a generous red with abundant fruitcake and holiday spice notes, matched by a core of rich, dark-chocolate-covered cherries“Bold and brawny,” writes the Wine Enthusiast. “This opens with aromas of pressed violet, dried plum and a whiff of cake spice. The full-bodied palate doles out brandied black cherry, licorice, black pepper and nutmeg alongside tightly knit, fine-grained tannins.”
The 2012 vintage for Amarone was rated 92 points or “Outstanding” by the Wine Enthusiast.
With an intense, stylish personality and a sturdy, harmonious body, Amarone Monte Zovo is and imposing wine with a generous heart and complex fragrances, emanating a wealth of nuances and sensations. From the finest grapes and hand-crafted by the Cottini family like a sartorial dress, its velvety smoothness makes it the perfect attire for important occasions.
Monte Zovo uses only organic fertilizers, and all vineyard work is done by hand—both of which help to minimize the environmental impact and protect the area’s flora and fauna.In the making of this particular Amarone, grapes are dried for as long as 120 days, losing 30% of their volume but gaining tremendous concentration and complexity.
With vineyards in three of Valpolicella’s top subzones—the upper Ilasi valley, Mezzane di Sopra and on the hill of Tegnago, Monte Zovo is able to source premier fruit for both their Amarone and their regular Valpolicella Rosso.
From the winery:
The Cottini Family: from 1925 to today
The Cottini family began in the wine business in 1925 when Carlo Cottini founded the firm. Today, it is Michele and Mattia, together with their parents Diego and Annaberta Cottini, who are leading the family business and expanding the vision around producing the best wine possible, with the deepest respect for the landscape.
Azienda Agricola Monte Zovo takes its name from the surrounding hill top on which the name sake winery is set. 140 hectares, currently undergoing organic conversion, range from the Bardolino DOC to the Amarone della Valpolicella DOCG. The crown jewel of their holdings, the Roccolo Vineyard is planted at 500 meters, one of the highest altitude vineyards in the Amarone DOCG. This historic 45-hectare estate consists of limestone soil with a substratum rich in clay, allowing the grapes to ripen, but retain a signature freshness.
The modern winemaking facility, built into the hillside to be in harmony with its surroundings, is 100% self-sufficient using cuttings from grape vine pruning to power a biomass feeder onsite. A state of the art drying or appassimento facility is testament to the recent investments the Cottini family has made in their quest to produce the finest Amarone possible from their terroir.
Exceptional with Venison with polenta and fresh pasta with duck sauce.