Amarone della Valpolicella Classico DOCG



50% Corvina

20% Rondinella

30% Corvinone


Veneto, Italy


Amarone della Valpolicella Classico DOCG

Amarone is one of Italy’s most prestigious red wines with a unique production method exclusive to the region. The bouquet of Cesari’s flagship wine is marked by cherry and prune aromas and jammy notes. Toasted nuances and hints of vanilla follow in this full, warm, harmonious red. A long and persistent finish is defined by bold tannins that elegantly coat the palate. Produced from dried grapes cultivated in the historic Classico area of the appellation, Cesari Amarone is extensively aged in a combination of French and Slavonian oak barrels for a total of 3 years following fermentation in stainless steel tanks.



Decanter - 91 pts

Concentrated blueberry and dried raspberry aromas with mint and herbal notes. Generous on the palate, with firm tannins. Fresh and harmonious.

World Wine Awards 2023

Wine Spectator - 91 pts

A generous red in an elegant, medium- to full-bodied frame, with notes of mesquite smoke and bay leaf on the nose that form a savory baseline, underscoring the palate’s ripe black currant, green olive, coffee and milled pepper. Well-knit, with supple tannins firming the finish.

A. Napjus, July 2023


James Suckling - 91 pts

An elegant Amarone with some spiced cherries, tile and roasted Mediterranean herbs that follow through to a juicy, medium-bodied palate. Fresh and drinkable with fine-grained tannins. It could do with a tad more mid-palate concentration.

J. Suckling, August 2022


Wine Advocate - 91 pts

A slightly more accessible wine from a terrific vintage, the Cesari 2016 Amarone della Valpolicella Classico has lifted or volatile aromas of dried cherry skin and red apple. There is some heaviness to the bouquet with baked fruit and dark spice.

M. Larner, Dec. 2021

Wine Enthusiast - 93 pts, "Editor's Choice"

New leather, truffle, menthol and baked plum aromas slowly emerge on this inviting, full-bodied red. Smooth and savory, the velvety palate doles out fleshy black cherry, fig, tobacco and licorice alongside polished, enveloping tannins.

K. O'Keefe, March 2021

Wine Spectator - 91 pts

A harmonious red that’s subtle and creamy at first but then offers a charming range of pureed cherry and fig cake, cured tobacco, smoky mineral, dark chocolate and spice notes that unfold and expand on the palate. Fine tannins firm the fresh, fragrant finish.

A. Napjus, Feb. 2022


James Suckling - 92 pts

I love the vibrancy to the fruit here, which ranges from citrus to orange peel, to violets and fresh herbs. Shows good depth on the medium- to – full -bodied palate with crunchy acidity and supple tannins, giving energy to the sleek finish.

J. Suckling, June 2019

Wine Spectator - 90 pts

An elegant red, opening nicely in the glass to reveal flavors of fig cake, woodsy spice and Earl Grey tea leaf underscored by iron and smoke accents. Racy acidity and grippy tannins provide good definition.

A. Napjus, Oct. 2020


James Suckling - 90 pts

Aromas of violets and ripe fruit with hints of wet earth and sage. Medium body, delicious tannins and a fresh and fruity finish.

J. Suckling, Nov. 2018


James Suckling - 92 pts

A full and rich wine with chocolate and berry character. Soft, velvety tannins and a delicious finish.

J. Suckling, June 2018


Wine Enthusiast - 90 pts

Aromas of scorched earth, underbrush, chopped herb and dark spice lead the way on this full-boded wine. The firm, hearty palate offers dried dark cherry, raisin, clove, anise and tobacco framed in solid, fine-grained tannins.

k. O'Keefe, December 2016

Wine Spectator - 90 pts

This harmonious red features ripe and juicy black cherry fruit and tarry mineral character, accented by delicate spice and grilled herb notes. Fresh and appealing, with a lightly chewy finish.

A. Napjus, October 2016


Tasting Panel - 93 pts

Dark, intense and rich with concentrated blackberry and spice; lush and deep with clean, powerful flavors; ripe, lovely and huge; an excellent Amarone at a remarkable price.

A. Dias Blue, October 2015

Wine Advocate - 91 pts

The 2010 Amarone della Valpolicella Classico follows in the footsteps of this steady and consistently performing wine. A classic wine with pretty aromas of dark fruit, pressed blackberry, tobacco, tar and Spanish cedar. Bright menthol and licorice highlights also appear adding to the wine’s overall complexity. In the mouth, this Amarone is smooth, polished and persistent.

M. Larner, December 31, 2014

Wine Enthusiast - 92 pts

Smoke, graphite, blue flower and black pepper aromas take center stage on this bold, structured wine. Velvety tannins support the dense black cherry, plum and blackberry flavors, while notes of freshly ground pepper and nutmeg add depth. Thanks to fresh acidity it’s already surprisingly drinkable, but it also displays aging potential. Drink through 2022.

K. O'Keefe, December 2014

2009 - 93 pts

The beautiful ruby red color draws one in immediately and rewards with intoxicating aromas of ripe boysenberry fruit and a hint of cacao. This is followed by a refreshing burst of the outdoors in violet, rosemary and wet slate aromas. Full bodied with ripe raspberry and cassis on the palate, very well-integrated tannins. Rich and lush on the palate; a complex wine. Very well-balanced and leaning slightly toward the modern edge. Drinking beautiful now but will reward cellaring.

Wine Enthusiast - 91

From the Classico zone, the 2009 Amarone della Valpolicella Classico undergoes three years of oak with stints in large oak cask, barrique and tonneaux. There’s complexity and intensity here with background shadings of dried tobacco leaf, cherry cola, blackberry liqueur and worn leather. The wine shows great integration and smoothness, with just enough tannic firmness to give it importance and cellar longevity. Drink 2014-2022.

M. Larner, October 2013


Wine Enthusiast - 91 pts

Packaged in an elegantly frosted bottle, this brawny wine delivers the goods. It shows intensity, persistency and is tightly packed with luscious aromas of black cherry, leather, tobacco and black olive. The tannins are velvety and rich without being overdone.

M. Larner, November 2012

Wine Spectator - 91 pts

The taut tannins provide the muscle, backing flavors of juicy, sun-dried cherry, grilled herb and smoke, with hints of date and licorice and a lightly dusty finish.  Drink now through 2023.

A. Napjus, June 2013


Decanter - Bronze Medal

Pronounced damson, cherry, plum, lush fruit texture, with good balance and elegance.

2010 Wine Awards

Wine Enthusiast - 91 pts

Cesari’s beautiful base Amarone shows the potential of the successful 2007 vintage. There’s elegance and measured intensity here (a good thing) with pretty background shadings of soya, cola, ripe fruit and dried tobacco.

M. Larner, December 2011

Wine Spectator - 90 pts

This grippy red shows a rich note of fresh earth supporting flavors of kirsch, date, damson plum preserves and cigar box, with a sublayer evoking the sweet smoke of burning vine clippings. Integrated tannins are lightly chewy towards the finish. Drink now through 2022.

A. Napjus, August 2011


Wine Enthusiast - 92 pts

This is a luscious, dark and delicious Amarone with really fun aromas of cinnamon and Christmas spice beyond more obvious tones of ripe fruit, prune and plum. It shows levely, rich density in the mouth as well.

M. Larner, February 2011

Wine Spectator - 92 pts

This fresh, juicy red is driven by a rich note of black licorice snap, mixed with flavors of damson plum and crushed currant, with accents of freshly ground spices-anise, clove and cardamom. Shows fine balance and polish throughout, with a sweet smoke note and subtle tannins building on the finish. Drink now through 2026.

A. Napjus, August 2011


Decanter - Bronze Medal

Seriously rich black fruits. Touch of coffee and oak. Rich, ripe and rammed with herbal, raisiny fruits.

2009 Wine Awards

Wine Enthusiast - 91 pts - Editor's Choice

Cesari’s lush Amarone is particularly good this vintage. This is a standout wine that is distinguished by a pretty mineral note of graphite or flint that frames the fruit in an extremely elegant manner. The effect is quite extraordinary and this dense wine delivers a long, drying finish.

Editor’s Choice

M. Larner, December 2008


Wine Enthusiast - 89 pts

Big intensity and power is delivered from this brawny Amarone that imparts distinctive, yet not overwhelmingly intense, aromas of black cherry, plum, resin, tar, pine and black pepper. The wine boasts good freshness, consistency and length on the finish.

M. Larner, October 2007
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