Tommasi Winery is based in Pedemonte Village located in the center of Valpolicella Classico. Their 1st Tommasi Vineyard was established by Giacomo Tommasi in early 1900s. For the next few years, they have expanded their estate vineyards for more than 330 acres according to some Tommasi Wine followers and reviews. In year 1997, the Tommasi Vineyards decided to make major investments in their vineyard locations and devoted their funds into the acquisition of the best lands suited for their fast growing production of Tommasi wines. In that short period of time, the Amarone Tommasi became a very popular wine that every people would want. The Amarone Tommasi wine has a dark red full bodied color which show what an Amarone should be. The Tommasi wine has a perfect blend with dark berries and chocolates in order for you to have a rich and smooth finish. If you would want to try this wine, give it at least 1 hour or even more opened to achieve the great taste it has. The Amarone Tommasi 2011 is still young and will definitely improve more with time.
Today, their estate vineyard is managed by Tommasi’s 4th Generation of family with six family members that are working together in order to produce this great tasting wine. The Tommasi family is also the one who is managing their own wine export operations all around the world. The Amarone Tommasi wines have already shown their success to produce very powerful Amarone red wines in the region of Valpolicella Classico. The Tommasi red wines are also produced in the regions of Maremma Toscana, Soave, and Lago Di Garda as well. There are a lot more wines Tommasi Winery has made and all of them have displayed great flavorful taste and experience of what an Amarone should have.
According to some wine advocates the Amarone Tommasi 2011 Della Valpolicella Classico has an extra-ripe and dark expression with a heavy frame and broad shoulders. Amarone Tommasi 2011 has a vintage warmth that clearly shows the involvement of candied cherry and blackberry preserves darkened aromas. It also has bold spice layers, tobacco and leather stand on its back. Furthermore, it boasts a velveteen, smooth tannins and it would be better to drink this kind of Amarone within the next five to eight years.
A wine spectator also said that Amarone Tommasi is an elegant, fresh and well-knit wine that can offer a silky, subtle palate of sun dried black licorice, forest floor, plum tart, and cheery, with the hints of dried herb and mocha. It has an indescribable flavorful taste which made it a very popular wine. Moreover, its supple frame tannins its flavor range and will have a great taste when stocked for ten years or more.
Another great tasting wine is the Amarone Tommasi 2009. This very classic Amarone wine has a distinctive fragrance of spice and blackberry, its taste or palate provides a succulent, tasty but restrained flavor of black cherry with the accents of almond, nutmeg and white pepper. It is well structured and has enough freshness to satisfy your desire on drinking wine.
According to a wine review online, whereas Amarone Tommasi 2009 was rate 94/100, this was considered as the bad boy of in the world of wines because of its extraordinary heady combination of high alcohol and fruit concentration. According to them, this is a very powerful but still a well-balanced wine. Aside from those, it is also said that this wine is dark and smoky yet has an elegant brooding black fruit when being smelled. Additionally, it also has a sensual layer of dark spices and fleshy black ripe fruit. The classic Amarone can be experienced in this wine with some black and violet cherry liqueur on finish.
The Amarone Valpolicella Blend is made from 3 indigenous red wine grape varieties that in grown in their own vineyard in the northeast of Italy. The Molinara, Rondinella, and Corvina are the 3 primarily involved in DOC Valpolicella although it can be argued that the method of production is equally important.
With many wines in the regions of Italy, the specified grape proportion varieties that are used in bled differ according to which of the sources you use. The guidelines are placed and outlined into the general composition of Valpolicella blend, however the exact proportion are ultimately used down to producer. Their focus is on the wine which shows their loyalty to the expressive and tradition of their region. Along with the blend’s 3 key varieties, the wines that are labeled under Amarone Tommasi may contain 15% of red wine varieties that are grown in Verona province including the Sangiovese, Barbera, Negrara Trentina, and Gropello (Rossignola).
Blending the Amarone Tommasi Wines
Corvina plays a main role in Amarone wines (up to 75%) and it is regarded as lynchpin blend. Because of its sour-cherry flavor and acidity, its depth was unnoticeable which made it a lightly-colored wine that looks like Beaujolais’ Gamay variety. It is long thought that Corvinone is an imitation of Corvina, but now it is considered as its relative and regarded as a substitute for up to 50% of Corvina’s blend proportion.
Rondinella is also considered as one of the primary blends for Amarone Tommasi in order to add body and color on the wine. For 35% blend, you can already notice herbal notes and accentuates of Corvina’s gentle spiciness. Additional fresh acid and tannins can also be achieved with Molinara, though this blend is usually disregarded. Of the different permitted varieties in the Amarone blend, no single grape can make-up more than 10% of the original total wine.
The Amarone blend is the most commonly produced and used in dry table wines. However, this can also be used in making sparkling wines, semi-sweet wines, and totally sweet wines. In Amarone wines, the appassimento method is half-drying grapes is utilized in order to craft the often sweet and rich wines of a very great concentration. The Rondinella and Corvina grapes are usually favored because of their opulent texture and thick skins.