From the Valpantena, one of several major valleys that run north to south from the mountains to the plains in Valpolicella, comes this unique wine. Indeed, the Bertani 2017 Amarone della Valpolicella Valpantena offers you one of the only viable ways to taste fruit from this beautiful and largely unexplored valley north of Verona. There is a lot of ripeness here (almost too much) with plenty of textural richness to boot. The wine finishes with prune and dark plum that are in line with this hot and dry vintage. The tannins and the mouthfeel are soft and supple. Go with a near or medium-term drinking window for this bottle.
Score: 91 points -- Monica Larner, The Wine Advocate, 2021