Amarone is a distinct type of wine made utilizing a special winemaking technique that distinguishes it from other wines. Here are some of Amarone's distinguishing characteristics:
Amarone is made from partially dried grapes (usually Corvina, Rondinella, and Molinara varieties) left to dry on straw mats for several months after harvesting. The sugars and flavors in the grapes are concentrated during this process, resulting in a wine with higher alcohol content and a fuller, richer flavor.
After drying the grapes, they are pressed and fermented for an extended period of time (usually several weeks or even months). Slow fermentation extracts more color, tannins, and flavors from the grapes, producing a wine with a deep, rich color and intense, complex flavors.
The wine is given more complexity and flavor by being aged in oak barrels for at least two years (and occasionally up to five years or more).
Amarone is renowned for its robust, intense flavor, which has hints of dark fruit, chocolate, coffee, and spice. It is a full-bodied, complex wine with a long finish that is great on its own or with hearty, flavorful foods.