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Orbitali Amarone Della Valpolicella

Posted by: Dane Brookes

Date: 27-01-2020

A deliciously dry Valpolicella, with a bold and intense punch that would make even the Italian Stallion himself rattle in his boots.

Here’s how the website describes it.

A deliciously dry valpolicella, with a bold and intense punch that would make even the Italian Stallion himself rattle in his boots.

Vital stats:

  • Alcohol by volume: 14.5%
  • Country: Italy
  • Winemaker: Orbitali
  • Grape variety: Corvina Veronese, Rondinella, and Molinara
  • Wine colour: Red
  • Type of closure: Natural Cork


  • IWC 2019 – Silver
  • IWSC 2019 – Silver 90 Points
  • Decanter 2019 Bronze

The Babbling Brookes’ verdict

This wine was a gift from my older brother and what a gift it was! I am a lover of Italian wines, particularly the depth of amarone and the spicy tobacco-ness of chianti, so I was looking forward to uncorking this one and I wasn’t disappointed.

I can see how this wine would go down beautifully with a rare steak, vibrant pasta dish or accompanied by some mature cheese. Unfortunately, we didn’t pair the wine with food this time, so I’ll make a conscious effort to dine with this wine in the future.

From the first sip, I could taste the oak the wine was aged in and the lip-smacking tannins seem to just out from nowhere in a bold and forceful show of strength. I was sharing the bottle with my mum and older brother, so after a large glass I was primed and ready for us to open another bottle. Unfortunately, there was no more of this, so we opened a bottle of Casa Luis Carinena Reserva (which I’ll review separately) – which just didn’t have the credentials to stand up against the Amarone Della Valpolicella.

When making this wine, the producers partially dry the grapes out for a period of time – a process called appassimento – which is followed by slowly pressing and fermenting the grapes. This has the effect of concentrating the flavours and sugars, which adds to that hearty, rich taste.

Very worthy of its 5 out of 5 rating on the ASDA website, I couldn’t agree more with the description and reviews the winemarker has toiled for.

You can pick this up for £16 a bottle at ASDA at the moment – try it and let me know what you think!