Farina Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Remo Farina Riserva Montefante 2015

94 James Suckling

As many of you have experienced for yourselves, the Farina family crafts absolutely delicious Amarone from their vineyards in the heart of the region. We have sold dozens of cases of their Amarone Classico, one of the best buys I have ever seen in Amarone. (see below – in stock now and on sale now!)

But today’s offer of Farina’s Riserva Montefante 2015 steps it up to an entirely new level – a solid, broad shouldered Amarone that, notwithstanding its depth and concentration, still retains a beautiful balance and finesse. Made only in the best vintages from a tiny single vineyard with a vine age of over 40 years.

It is deep and dark, with a perfumed bouquet of dried dark and red cherry, spicebox, followed on the palate by more red fruits, cherry, with an earth tinged mid palate with hints of mocha and espresso, fine tuned and balanced, and supported by supple tannins. The finish is long and satisfying, this is the perfect red for winter’s heartier fare. Think roasts, stews, lamb, game, pasta in a bolognese sauce, and all kinds of cheeses. Drink now and over the next decade.

And it is also a great value – with prior vintages listed at $95 to $100 per bottle, we can offer the 2015 for a great price!



Country: Italy
Region: Veneto, Valpolicella, Amarone della Valpolicella, Amarone della Valpolicella Classico
Variety: 70% Corvina, 20% Rondinella and 10% Molinara
Terroir: Marley
Winemaking: 24 months in Slavonian oak barrels, 24 months in barrique, following ageing in the bottle

The Farina family has roots in agriculture and winemaking tracing back to the beginning of the 16th century. Inspired by this long family history, Remo Farina was able to combine the most modern concepts in winemaking technology with ancient, time-tested methods to produce rich, elegant wines. Today the winery is managed by the new generation and continues to produce lovely fresh white wines and exquisite red wines that have great body and balance with a wonderful combination of sweet fruit and traditional dried fruit blended with earthy undertones and a dry complex pleasant finish. Farina’s Valpolicella and Amarone wines are among the best-priced quality wines from this region. In 2015, Farina was named "Best Italian Wine Producer of the Year" at the 46th International Wine & Spirit Competition (IWSC) and aslo received a Gold award for the best variety of indigenous grape with their Amarone della Valpolicella DOCG Classico Riserva Montefante 2010. At the 48th IWSC in 2017, they were awarded the 2017 Silver Trophy for the Amarone della Valpolicella Riserva Montefante 2011 and Amarone della Valpolicella DOCG Classico 2014 and the 2017 Bronze Trophy for the Valpolicella Ripasso DOC Classico Superiore Montecorna 2015 and Bianco del Veneto IGT Appassilento 2016. On January 30th, 2016 the 13th Anteprima of Reds from Valpolicella took place in VERONA and the 2012 Farina Amarone Classico was awarded first prize out of 76 wines. The blind jury was composed of renowned sommelier Luca Gardini, Pier Bergonzi, director of the Gazzetta dello Sport , the Master of Wine Christy Canterbury, Raul Salama, and journalist Marco Tonelli. Luca Gardini, one of Italy’s most famous sommeliers, ranked the 2012 Amarone della Valpolicella as 29th out of his lineup of the 50 best wines in the world.


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