Diablog is about the good things in life, and here is one more.
Since it is cold, winter, gets dark early, this is the best time for a great red wine, enjoyed at the fireplace.
If you have been following diablog a bit, you know I love Amarone. Amarone has grown in popularity, and the retail prices have gone up steadily. At the same time, the quality has gone down. Sometimes I wonder, how much Amarone is in those bottles offered by popular vineyards for $30+ a piece?
Last year a friend, suffering the same problem, found a treasure. On a trip to Italy he discovered a winery, producing a red wine “Amarone style”. Meaning, it isn’t an Amarone, but the grapes are matured the same way.
This is it, Pikaja Rossa:
And this is the website of the producer:
My friend bought 20 cases. That’s how good this is. And he paid 30% of what a normal Amarone costs at your local retailer.
The wine is heavy, 16.5% alcohol, and absolutely delicious. I love it.