Amarone, a powerful mural, a powerful wine
Amarone is a very special, powerful northern Italian red wine made from shriveled grapes that have dried for several months. It is a full-bodied wine weighing in at about 15% or 16% alcohol, and tastes of chocolate, mocha, and dried figs. Suggested food pairings include Steak au Poivre (Pepper Steak) and Italian Parmesan cheese.
Amarone starts at about $25 a bottle for which you can get a Masi. The full name is Amarone della Valpolicell Masi a powerful wine that tastes of raisins, figs, dried apricots, citrus rind, and assorted nuts. This house also produces the Masi Amarone Classico "Costasera" which runs about twice the price. In that same range is the Zenato Amarone Spend a bit more and get a bottle from Zenato that is very long, deep, and rich with fruit. And if cost is no object, try an Amarone Classico from Quintarelli, a winemaker known as Italy's Chateau d'Yquem (the producer of France's finest Sauternes) which start at about $250 and go up from there. I can't promise you that such a wine is worth the price.