2012 Speri Amarone della Valpolicella Classico (750ml)

From Veneto, Italy

B-21 Top Recommendation
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While in Verona last April for this year's edition of Vinitaly, I took advantage of my time in the birthplace of Amarone to taste as many bottlings – old vintages and new – of Valpolicella's finest. Amarone is a passion; a wine for those who take time to savor and learn. B-21 fans of the nectar know of my long relationship with the Zenato family, as well as my deep love of all things Dal Forno. My quest last April was to taste something as traditional – as classic – as I could lay my hands on. Antica Bottega del Vino, a temple of wine, first opened in the 16th century, now a shrine to all that is Veronese, would be my tasting grounds. There, tasting every example of the finest Amarone they could amass, the clear winner stood tall and proud. The Speri family has been part of the heart and soul of Valpolicella since 1874. Their philosophy remains unchanged. Row by row, each vine tended by hand, they nurture their old, hillside parcel, a single vineyard named "Monte Sant'Urbano." Time in bottle has returned a 2012 that purists – old timers – will relish. Sit back, take your time... you're gonna love it.


Tasted against the other top 2012 Amarone at Bottega del Vino in Verona, one of the oldest wine bars anywhere. Speri was the standout. Old school indeed, tobacco, nicotine, aged leather. Depth, rich, full. Finish serious and complete.

95 points, Bob Sprentall, B-21 Proprietor (Aug 2017)

The 2012 Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Vigneto Monte Sant'Urbano sees fruit coaxed through a warm and dry growing season. You taste that sunny intensity and fruity ripeness in this blend of 70% Corvina and Corvinone, 25% Rondinella and 5% Molinara (with over 100 days of appassimento). Prune, dried blackberry, tar, sweet spice and tobacco emerge from the bouquet with robust intensity. I always think of Amarone as a great pairing partner to Texas barbecue or pulled pork. Some 95,000 bottles were released.

93 points, Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (Issue # Interim - Sep 2019)

Alcohol By Volume: 15.0%

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