2006 Carlo Ferragu Amarone della Valpolicella
Drink: 2012 – 2016 $195
The 2006 Amarone della Valpolicella is another intense wine. Smoke, tar, licorice and black cherries wrap around the palate in this sumptuous Amarone. The 2006 is a fairly obvious wine, with little in the way of real subtlety. Still, there is something about its frank, immediate personality that is appealing. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2016.
2008 Carlo Ferragu Valpolicella Superiore
Drink: 2012 – 2018 $60
The 2008 Valpolicella Superiore is a gorgeous wine that balances opulence and freshness with a deftness that is rare. Clean veins of minerality support a core of blackberry jam, sweet spices and mocha. This juicy Valpolicella is made in a decidedly extroverted style, yet all of the elements are in the right place. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2018.