In a nutshell: A full and sumptious Amarone from near the shores of Lake Garda in north west Italy.
The lowdown: Amarone, being made from grapes dried until at least the December after harvest, is always a powerful and opulent wine and is a style that's seen a marked rise in popularity in recent years. Here, the grapes were dried until after Christmas before maceration before a soft pressing in February. Aged for three years thereafter the result is an intense wine, almost black in colour, with a full and sensuous mouth feel. The tannins are really well integrated and balance perfectly with the mellow acidity.
When to drink: A big, luxurious wine to relish and enjoy with rich meaty dishes or strong, mature cheeses.
Vini Fabiano traces its history back to just before the first world war when, under founder Francesco Fabiano, they started out selling their wines from a shop in Venice. From here they met with a good degree of success and, over the next few decades, expanded gradually throughout the Veneto region and north west Italy.
By the late 1960s they'd established a substantial estate and winery in the town of Sona, in between Verona and Lake Garda and which time they began to export their growing range of wines across the world. Today the business is run by the Alessandro Fabiano, the fourth generation of the family, who has taken on the reins from his father Nicola.
Over the years they've added various Veronese specialities to their porfolio along with prosecco and good quality regional varietals, but it's their widely admired flagship Amarones, and Valpolicellas which lead the way.