Wine of The Night – Masi Grandarella 2004

My friend Andy turned me on to Amarone wines when he took me out for dinner to a great Italian restaurant in Yaletown called Amarcord.  We had the Tommasi Amarone Della Valpolicella Classico.  Wow, what a beautiful, full bodied, smooth red.  But at $59.98, I’m not cracking a new bottle seven nights a week so I did some hunting and found the Grandarella.

It’s not a true Amarone; it’s a Super-Venetian, but the grapes are semi-dried in their skins on wood racks like an Amarone.  It is delicious, although not in the same league as the Tommasi.  The Grandarella is half the price but I wouldn’t say the Tommasi is twice as good.  The Grandarella drinks bigger than its price tag at $29.99 from B.C. Liquor Stores.

Tasting Notes from Web:

A dry, round and structured wine. A Supervenetian from semi-dried indigenous grapes (Refosco and Carmenère) produced in Friuli at Castions di Strada by Masi, a specialist in the production of wines from semi-dried grapes, such as Amarone. Grandarella is ideal for red meats, game and cheeses.

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