Ruby red with purple reflections. Aromas of ripe red fruit, spicy aromas of licorice, black pepper and hints of chocolate. On the palate the wine is well balanced, with fat tannins and is soft, warm, savory, elegant, fine and fresh.Pair this wine with savory first courses, seasoned with truffle, hare and game, red meats that are grilled, roasted or boiled, and mature cheeses.
93 Tasting Panel
Deep ruby color; rich nose; smooth and juicy, a very drinkable Amarone; fruity and complex but younger, lower in alcohol; charming and balanced.
93 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
This is the estate's entry-level Amarone that boasts a sweet, plush and accessible drinking profile. The 2015 Amarone della Valpolicella Selezione Antonio Castagnedi is a beautiful expression from a terrific vintage. The warmth and sunshine of the summer season is expressed beautifully in this blend of Corvina, Corvinone, Rondinella, Croatina and Oseleta with three months of appassimento. Black fruit and pressed cherry cede to barbecue smoke and baking spice. This is a great wine to recommend at this price point. Some 150,000 bottles were made.
93 James Suckling
This is a balanced, restrained Amarone, showing dried cloves, bitter chocolate, dark plums and black raspberries. Full-bodied with lots of plush fruit, but a solid backbone of soft, juicy tannins to match. Drink from 2023.
92 Wine & Spirits
After deciding not to make any Amarone in the difficult 2014 vintage, the Castagnedi brothers must have been pleased with the quality in Selezione, their flagship 2015. The fruit comes from mature vines, and they pick it slightly early to emphasize freshness and to keep the alcohol level around 15 percent. Even so, it’s a densely concentrated wine, loaded with notes of clove and vanilla picked up during two years in new French oak tonneaux. The spice notes give way to more savory tones as the wine opens up, the flavors picking up energy as they expand across the palate. For all of its bold spiciness, it finishes dry and balanced. Best Buy
92 Jeb Dunnuck
Aged 2 years in 500-liter French oak, the 2015 Amarone Della Valpolicella Antonio Castagnedi reveals a deeper ruby/plum hue as well as ripe, spicy notes of mulled red and black fruits, baking chocolate, dried herbs, tobacco, and cigar. Rich, medium to full-bodied, and beautifully textured on the palate, it's a nicely balanced Amarone that can shine on the dinner table or also be terrific at the end of a meal.
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