The excellent 1997 Sartori Amarone Della Valpolicella Classico scored 18 Dionysian points, a gold score; has 14% alcohol when they usually have 15%, and cost under $22 back then.
At 22 years old, it is just coming into its own and can age another decade.
Filled with traditional raison notes, smoky oak and after decanting, very soft tannins. The wine if full-bodied, and has a long, long after taste. Its garnet color tells me it can keep aging. I wish I had another one.
(Thank you all for asking why I missed so many days of publishing: I was doing a wine study tour in Croatia, and have been writing a novel. I’m happy to be back tasting and reviewing both cellered and new wines nearly every day.)
In Vino Veritas.