90 Points- Wine Spectator

93 Insider Points

REVIEWS

The 2011 Capitel de Roari from Luigi Righetti is well made Amarone from a great producer, with some bottle age and an incredible price.  A variety of wine that is renowned for its age-ability, Amarone turns lush and round as it ages.  The wine is elegant, kind of a strange term to use when talking about Amarone, but it applies here.  The broad fruit has plenty of color and intensity about it, while the acids and tannins have married into something pretty special, giving it a long, supple finish.  Enjoy now through 2022. - DZ Oct 2016

WHY WE'RE DRINKING IT
  • VARIETAL
    Red Blend
  • APPELLATION
    Verona, Veneto, Italy
  • ALCOHOL
    14.00%
  • SIZE
    750ml

An unbeatable bargain for authentic Amarone, not to mention an Amarone that also scored 90 points from the Wine Spectator. Stock up on this spice and fruit-filled robust red for the holidays--after all Amarone, with its rich dried fruit and decadent candied note, is the vinous equivalent of Christmas fruitcake, and nothing warms the palate on cold wintery eves like this fantastic example from family owned and operated Luigi Righetti.

“"Blackberry pâte de fruit, sun-dried cherry, liquorice and ganache flavours herald this medium to full-bodied red, but rich notes of wood smoke, grilled herb and spice box build midpalate through to the muscular finish. Drink now through 2025."

This one is in fact a rarely seen single-vineyard Amarone, as all the fruit for this beauty came from the Righetti’s esteemed Capitel de Roari Vineyard. The blend is 60% Corvina, 30% Rondinella and 10% Molinara, all dried on straw mats for three months post harvest, as is traditional for this ancient style of winemaking. Following fermentation of this most concentrated, dark and resiny elixir, the young wine is aged for three years in Slavonian oak casks—neutral in terms of imparting any oak influence but an integral step in mellowing noble Amarone’s rich, nutty and tangy profile. Whether enjoyed at dinner with turkey, duck or pork dishes, or served after a meal alongside roasted nuts and aged cheeses, this cold-weather red is pure Veronese charm and muscle in equal measure.


Reasons why we love it:

Only the ripest, most intense grapes are used in the making of this wine, hand-picked well into October at the very tail end of the growing season.

The Luigi Righetti estate sits in the heart of the Valpolicella Classico zone in the town of Valgatara.

In Veronese dialect the word “roari” means oak tree. Righetti has named its reserve Amarone “Capitel de Roari” in reference to the many ancient oaks that grow amid the vineyard.

Family owned since 1909, the current proprietor Gian Maria Righetti is the fourth generation of this winemaking family to operate the winery.

TASTING NOTES 

A ruby red color with garnet reflections. Clear and transparent. A fresh bouquet with clear notes of cherry and currants. Good body, well-balanced and harmonic structure. The after-taste confirms the characteristics of the bouquet.

THE STORY TO KNOW

The Luigi Righetti estate is a small family-run winery located in the town of Valgarata, just outside of Marano in the heart of the Valpolicella Classico area. This winery has been producing wines since 1909, and the current owners are the fifth generation of the Righetti family to carry on their wine-making tradition. Luigi Righetti is now in his late seventies, and is still involved in the business, assisted by his sons and granddaughter.

Along with their Amarone, they produce Valpolicella, Bardolino, and Bianco di Custoza. There Amarone very much intrigued me, as the price was incredibly reasonable, at just over $30 a bottle. Amarone is a very labor intensive wine to produce, and usually commands a high price.

PERFECT PAIRINGS

Ideal with steaks, chops, stews and rich pastas.