If you struggle to choose between Amarone and Brunello ...
There are particular moments in life when inner uncertainties assault us - as Shakespeare well expresses through Prince Hamlet's deep torment:
" TO BE OR NOT TO BE? "
For most of us - grape lovers who wander in a much more earthly path - the existential (yet very tangible) question is “ TO DRINK OR NOT TO DRINK? ”
Well ... This was obviously a joke.
Our dilemma is simply “ WHAT TO DRINK? "
There are certain days when one feels like drinking both a tannic, rich masculine and opulent Brunello - because it would be the perfect pair with a steak - and also a structured soft, flavourful cuddling yet powerful Amarone.
LET'S BE HONEST: THOSE ARE REAL AND SERIOUS QUANDARIES FOR US WINE GEEKS.
Nico between Ca'Coato Amarone by Antolini and Brunello di Montalcino by Paradiso di Frassina
If you are lucky enough to have at your table a wine drinker as thirsty as you, you could consider just having both. But if you look at your partner - like I do - thinking that two bottles between the two of you would constitute an attempt to his life, then it's time to make a choice.
This dilemma doesn't have to turn into another Shakespearean tragedy - as I am indeed here to help.
If changing partners is not an option then just leave both Brunello and Amarone and pick the one I would pick: Compagni di Viaggio.
The wine shows both tannins, masculinity and deep rich velvety fruits on the palate, full of depth. The layered flavour complexity pleases you with preserved sour cherry, dried oregano, aged balsamic,sweet tobacco and leather typical of an aged Brunello, but at the same time it leaves you with a pleasant long aftertaste of dried fruit, spices and cherry, currant and chocolate, like a good Amarone.
About the wine ...
SANGIOVESE brings plenty of sour red cherries and fragrant flavours, with earthy aromas and tea leaf notes.
The wine is rich, full of fruit and with the perfect amount of tannins and acidity to balance its richness and intensity. Aged for 4 years in #oakbarrels, plus other 10 years in bottle. Expect body and a rustic aroma, with some salty notes dancing with the big fruit. Open half an hour before drinking and decant it.
About the terroir ...
Ca' De Noci Vineyard in Emilia Romagna
There are 150 millions years of motions and stratifications which make the lands very rich in silt.
Due to this unique complexity, it's possible a profound development of roots underground. This gives the wine an amazing complexity and a peculiar saltiness.
About the producers ...
Above: Giovanni & Alberto
From 2008, no added sulphites, no manipulation.
Expect a bit of a reductive nose at the beginning, due to the aging and the winemaking process based on minimum human intervention.
WILD AND NATURAL.