Il Bosco Amarone della Valpolicella Classico DOC



50% Corvina

20% Rondinella

30% Corvinone


Veneto, Italy


Il Bosco Amarone della Valpolicella Classico DOC

A single-vineyard Amarone, the Il Bosco vineyard is nestled in the heart of Valpolicella Classico. The wine is rich with concentrated flavors of preserved fruit, particularly cherries. Aged in a combination of French and Slavonian oak barrels for 2+ years then bottle for an additional year or so, the bouquet is layered with hints of baking spices, cocoa, and toasted nuts through the long finish. A unique and complex production process renders a wine with similar characteristics. Hand-selected grapes are dried prior to vinification in stainless steel tanks.



James Suckling - 92 pts

Some dark dates, blackberries and chocolate follow through to a medium-to full-bodied palate. Pretty elegant and poised for Amarone with a bright berry feel before the bittersweet twist in the end. Chalky tannins to close.

J. Suckling, August 2022


Decanter - 92 pts

Chocolatey red and black fruit aromas with notes of sweet spices and coconut in the nose. Very rich and concentrated.

July 2021

Wine Advocate - 94 pts

There are plenty of rich, dried fruit layers with fig, prune and raisin. This full-bodied blend of 80% Corvina and 20% Rondinella wraps thickly over the palate, imparting big ripeness, texture and intensity.

M. Larner, Dec. 2021


Wine Enthusiast - 94 pts

This full-bodied, velvety red offers balsamic aromas of camphor, leather, cedar and star anise that mingle with ripe black-skinned fruit. The concentrated, elegantly structured palate features raisin, tobacco and licorice while fine-grained tannins lend finesse. It closes on a coffee bean note. 

K. O'Keefe, March 2021

Wine Spectator - 91 pts

Rich and harmonious, this full-bodied red supports flavors of baked black cherry and fig fruit, wild sage and fresh brown bread, with a supple frame of sculpted tannins and fresh acidity. Minerally spice and smoke notes linger on the finish.

A. Napjus, Oct. 2020


James Suckling - 92 pts

Here’s a very balanced and floral Amarone that opens with fresh red plums, bright cherries, orange peel, citrus and raspberries. Very linear and precise. Forthright acidity drives through layers of vibrant red fruit, while sleek and edgy tannins carve out a delicate yet chewy finish. Drink now or hold.

J. Suckling, June 2019

Wine Spectator - 90 pts

A balanced, medium- to full-bodied version, with supple tannins that are well-knit to herb- and mineral-laced flavors of dried cherry and currant fruit. Not a powerhouse, but elegant overall. Drink now through 2025.

A. Napjus, Jan 2019


James Suckling - 92 pts

A juicy and flavorful red with a dark-berry, clove and pepper character. Medium to full body and a flavorful finish.

J. Suckling, June 2018


Wine Spectator - 91 pts

A well-knit red, featuring dense tannins married to flavors of crushed black cherry, cured tobacco, smoke and Asian five-spice powder. Sleek and balanced, with a chewy finish.

A. Napjus, October 2016


Wine Advocate - 93 pts

A beautiful wine that leaves a lasting impression on the nose and in the mouth. For starters, the bouquet shows a fine level of intensity that is bright but not overdone. Due to the wine’s age, the aromas veer toward dried fruit, cured meat and dried tobacco. Il Bosco shows a good amount of textural richness with fine tannins and thick structure. There is a hint of sweet cherry jam on the close.

M. Larner, Decembe 30, 2014

Wine Enthusiast - 93 pts

Dense and delicious, this opens with aromas of plum cake, tobacco, leather and blackberry. The rich palate delivers crushed black raspberry, mocha and chocolate alongside brooding tannins. Give it time to unwind and fully develop.

K. O'Keefe, December 2014


Decanter - Silver Medal

Aromas of coffee, pomegranate, prune, fig, grapefruit and mint – with plum and cigar box. Complex medium-bodied palate of dry fruit, spice, earth and leaf notes. Plums and cherry finish with plenty of character and persistence. A soft, yet muscular wine.

2014 Wine Awards

Wine Advocate - 95 pts

Boasting sheer beauty and might, the 2007 Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Il Bosco is a highlight of the Valpolicella. This type-A wine shows gorgeous notes of chocolate, vanilla coffee, smoked ham and tobacco. Fruit notes include creme de cassis and dried plum or fig. It finished rich and toasty with succulence and extreme balance. I would wait another few years before opening this bottle. It will award those who wait. Drink 2015-2028.

M. Larner, October 2013


Wine Enthusiast - 94 pts - Cellar Selection - #95 Top 100 Cellar Selections of 2012

The Cesari family has perfected its formula for achieving pure pleasure in liquid form. This is superstar Amarone, with loads of chewy, ripe fruit, decandent dark chocolate, leather, moist pipe tobacco and candied raspberry flavors. Even with all of the richness, extraction and deliciousness, this is a an elegant wine. Drink after 2018.

M. Larner, November 2012


Wine Enthusiast - 93 pts

Amarone Il Bosco delivers a soft succession of sweet cherry, spice, plum cake and licorice-like aromas. The wine’s thickness density and natural concentration is packed tight with bright cherry and blackberry flavors.

M. Larner, December 2011

Wine Spectator - 90 pts

A more traditional style, well-integrated, this features an open-knit texture and subtle flavors of black cherry coulis, black raspberry and gumdrop, with a brambly note of vine clippings. Fresh, showing a modest, lightly tannic finish. Drink now through 2015.

A. Napjus, August 2012


Wine Enthusiast - 94 pts

This is a lovely Amarone that offers seemingly limitless intensity and personality. The wine is richly redolent of red cherry, chocolate, spice, and tobacco. It tastes sweet and plush and delivers a very smooth and supple texture. Very nice.

M. Larner, February 2011

Wine Spectator - 92 pts

This shows fine balance between bright black cherry, currant and grilled plum fruit and accents of leather, tobacco, mesquite smoke and grilled nuts. There’s a chunkiness to the tannins, yet they find a fine fit in this rugged red. Aromatic florals and dried herb notes linger on the finish. Drink now through 2024.

A. Napjus, August 2011


Wine Enthusiast - 92 pts

Here’s a sophisticated and elegant Amarone with very forward use of oak that supports its soft, velvety curves. The wine boasts think concentration, an inky color and loads of spice, candied fruit and tobacco. It’s full and soft with velvety tannins and a long finish.

M. Larner, December 2009
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