At Il Gabbiano in Miami, Florida, I had the chance to enjoy Sartori's Corte Brà Amarone della Valpolicella 2007 with dinner. My table-mates and I decided to try something new, something red and robust, and something at a reasonable price point.
The Corte Brà was dark, bruised looking—not like bruised fruit, but the deep, purple bruise of a black eye. That might sound unappealing, but it actually was quite lovely.
The nose was full of oak and raisin notes, and upon tasting, the dried fruits prevailed, with added hints of dried black currants. It had a nice pucker to it—tingly acidity—and the tannins were mild and smooth.
The wine had the perfect amount of acidity to cut through my pesto, and it paired nicely with my table-mates' meals: chicken, steak, ravioli, and fish.
I haven't had much Amarone della Valpolicella, but I look forward to having more.