Vin Alto Retico 1998

86 points

Clevedon, Auckland, New Zealand. 15.5%

Kiwi reds are following the current, awful, fashion of high alcohol but 15.5% ! The reason here is that this is an Amarone style, from a Italian oriented winery. So the alcohol is entirely appropriate. This bottle was bought from Ultimo wine store in Sydney, who are the importers. They were selling off cheap all of the Vin Alto range. This is their super premium, so it was still expensive though apparently half price.

It’s a big soft spicy red, with considerable development. The colour is red-brown, far more advanced than I’d expect a 1998. In spite of the oxidation it’s an enjoyable wine, but without the depth and concentration of a true Amarone. Drink now, if not earlier.

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