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Le Salette La Marega Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2011, Italy

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Amarone is an Italian dry red wine made largely from the partially dried grapes of the Corvina and Rondinella grape varieties, typically rich with a high alcohol content.

Recommending this example, Williams said: “Amarone producers have tried to rein in the alcohol in recent years, but the unusual production process means their wines will always be more alcoholic than others (sometimes as high as 16.5%) This is the sort of wine that works better at the end of an evening than the beginning, best enjoyed with a hunk of parmesan and a book at hand. Le Salette’s La Marega (15%), with its suavely presented layers of dark cherry, chocolate and savoury meatiness, is what the Italians call a vino di meditazione – a real treat for slow-sipping reflection.”

Price: £45.75, Lea & Sandeman, leaandsandeman.co.uk

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