Thursday, November 6, 2008


My father's birthday on Nov. 5. Opened a bottle of mature Amarone, which I've been looking forward to, for quite some time.

1998 Bolla "Le Origini" DOC Amarone della Valpolicella Classico. A gift actually. A dear friend of ours was having her wedding and I was asked to speak at the morning church service. I guess they didn't want an all white service. Because, you know, sometimes a Chinese guy is the best public speaker in a group of 100 white people. Anyways...the father-in-law was a big wine guy. I heard rumours that he has 1000+ bottles in his collection. Great guy. He gave us this bottle at the rehearsal dinner, as a thank you for my participation. And I've held onto this bottle ever since!

Cork looks great for a 10 year wine. I've kept it under sometimes questionable storage conditions, so this is a great relief. The wine was browning a bit at the rim, but still held good saturation. Fine sediment.

Lots of ripe fruits on the nose, but also dried plums and dark fruits. Complex nose - I find it pointless to try to identify each aroma. Lean on the palate, but great minerality. Sour cherries, good fruit character. Lovely, long and minerally finish. Great acidity, finely grained tannins, but this is still quite stiff. Starting to mature, but still has some strength.

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