Verona, Italy

Tommasi is a family viticultural company founded in 1902. The estate is run by the 4th generation of the family, nine members working together in complete harmony, each with his well defined area of responsibility. It is situated in Pedemonte, in the heart of Valpolicella Classico region, a small piece of land in the North – West of Verona, between the plains and Lessini mountains and near Garda lake

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Arele Appassimento

SKU 745967
Country Italy
Region Verona
Type Red
Varietal Blend - Corvina, Oseleta, Rondinella, Merlot
Case Config. 12x750ml
Available In BC AB SK MB


Intense, deep ruby red.


Very fruity, rich, spicy, black pepper nose.


Full body, very intense, spicy, smooth, full of flavors.

Food Pairing

White and red meats, game, fresh and aged cheeses.

More Info

This wine is produced with the typical indigenous grapes the Valipolicella Classico area, Corvina and Oseleta, and in the traditional "Appassimento" method. Appassimento means "drying process". "Arele" is the local name of the traditional wooden trays where the grapes are laid down and semi dried prior to being gently pressed.


Gismondi on Wine, Jan/2020

2016 -

"This appassimento blend of Corvina, Rondinella, Oseleta and Merlot comes from estate hillside vineyards in the Valpo region. 30% of the grapes are partially dried on the wooden trays called Arele, for 60 days prior to fermentation, 10 months in Slavonian oak, and 2 months in French tonneaux prior to bottling. Dark cocoa, baked plums and perfumed mulberries flood the palate of this soft, plump red, with downy tannins and a big bump of sweetness noticeable on the pressed, warming finish."

91 pts

James Suckling, Oct/2017

2015 -

"Ripe strawberries combine with black fruit such blackberries as well as brambles and fresh herbs and hints of coffee beans. Medium to full body, juicy tannins and a pretty finish. Drink now and enjoy."

90 pts

Wine & Spirits Magazine, Feb/2018

2015 -

“Lively acidity lends succulence to this wine even as sinewy tannins cinch its red-berry and blood-orange flavors. About one-third of the grapes (primarily corvina, with oseleta, rondinella and merlot) are air-dried for three weeks to concentrate the flavors, yet the wine feels juicy and vibrant, with notes of subtle spice and cool green herbs.”


Wine Spectator, Web Only 2018

2015 -

"Tangy dried cranberry and orange zest notes are layered with dried herb and baking spice accents in this aromatic, light and bright red. Corvina, Rondinella, Oseleta and Merlot. Drink now. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. 800 cases imported."

92 pts

Natalie MacLean, Nov/2016

2014 -

"Peppery red berry fruit and a supple smooth texture. Medium to almost full-bodied. A lovely, balanced example of the Appassimento style that concentrates flavours but doesn't make the wine heavy. Very savoury. This robust Italian red wine takes its name - Arele - from the wooden trays that were traditionally used to dry the grapes, or a portion of them, to make Appassimento wine. The 2014 vintage has intense dark red fruit and polished tannins. Pair with grilled meats. Food pairings: cheese pizza, veal, beef, tagliatelle alla Bolognese (pasta), chicken herb-rubbed roast." 


Wine Align, Sept/2016

2014 -

"Sweet fruit but with enough acidity to hold it together. Finishes on a slightly butter, smokey/ashen note." 

91 pts

Daenna Van Mulligen,, Dec/2015

2013 -

"Concentration, plush, liqueur. Made from partially (parziale) dried Corvina Veronese, Rondinella, Oseleta and Merlot grapes. These grapes have been set out on traditional wooden trays to dry, thereby increasing intensity and resulting in additional weight and concentration. The aromas here are plush; cherry jam, plum cake, sweet chocolate, leather and espresso. It has a supple weight with plenty of mocha, vanilla and dried cherries - almost liqueur-like. Good overall balance, length and freshness."