The Wines of Marchesi Fumanelli – Pioneers of Amarone and Valpolicella

The Veneto region in Italy’s northeast corner contributes nearly a quarter of Italy’s total wine production.  Established in 1470, Marchesi Fumanelli is one of the largest and most historic estates of the Valpolicella
region within the Veneto, combining traditional and modern techniques to produce outstanding
wines that showcase the distinguished terroir. 

I recently had the opportunity to taste through their lineup and was really impressed with the wines.  The three standouts for me were: 

The “Superiore” designate requires at least 1 year of aging prior to release and a minimum of 12% alcohol.  A
blend of Corvina, Corvinone, and Rondinella similar to their Amarone, the wine is concentrated and ripe,

with dark fruit, spice from the 8-10 months of oak aging, and a medium+ body and finish.  I preferred the 2015 to the 2014 which to me was over the hill.
Price:  $29.99
Amarone is a true labor of love; the winemaking and aging process are extended well beyond the norm.
Grapes are harvested and left to dry for 120 days before undergoing an extended maceration and
fermentation period that can last up to 30 days.  Aged for 30 months in French oak, it’s another 8
months in the bottle before release.  Lucky for us, this dedication to the cause creates a rich, rounded,
smooth and velvety wine that bursts with ripe cherries, wild berries, and sweet spices.  We also tasted the 2011 which was a bit “dusty” while the 2013 was fresh and bright.   
Price:  $79.99
This is a next level wine, reinforcing Fumanelli as a pioneer in the production of Amarone.  Grapes are harvested from 40-year- old vines, left to dry for 120 days, fermented for 30 days, 48 months in French oak, and a final 8-12 months of bottle aging before being poured into your glass.  We tasted both the 2009 and the 2010, I preferred the 2009 for its juicy freshness and round finish; the 2010 was still rather tannic with a bite on the finish.  This wine would be lovely with your favorite roast game, grilled meats, or aged cheeses.
Price:  $149.99

As you can see, the price varies widely depending on the DOC level and aging requirements of each, giving a nice range of quality wines at various price-points, a little something for everyone and every occasion!

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