"It would have the hallmarks of a legend, if it wasn’t true – how a cask of forgotten Recioto dessert wine was discovered in 1936, wonderfully aged into a bold, dry red with a pleasing bitter edge (Amarone is Italian for “bitter”). Our friend Stefano Cesari and his family still create the finest of wines in the hills of Verona – and here, they quite simply prove why authentic Amarone has become one of Italy’s most symbolic wines." John Kirwan
AMARONE DELLA VALPOLICELLA DOCG CLASSICO
Brigaldara Amarone is a rich, full bodied wine made from local grape varieties, Corvina, Rondinella and Molinara, which are dried and then fermented. The wine is aged for up to 30 months in oak casks before bottling.
TOWN OF PRODUCTION: San Pietro in Cariano
GRAPE VARIETIES: Corvinone 50%, Corvina 20%, Rondinella 20%, others 10%
TRAINING SYSTEM: Pergola veronese and Guyot
HARVEST PERIOD: second half of October
VINEYARD AREA: 20 hectares - 4000-5000 plants/ha
YEAR VINEYARDS PLANTED: 1994
ANNUAL PRODUCTION: 60000
WINE MAKING: Grapes are selected in the vineyard and are placed in crates to be then left to dry in the fruit drying loft. During the fermentation process, the must is left in contact with the grape skins so that the colour is extracted from the fruit. Pumping over is carried out twice a day and delestage is carried out half way through the fermentation process.
AGING: 1 year in barrique and then 2 years in 25hl oak barrels
ALCOHOL CONTENT: 16.5%
COLOUR: Garnet red
BOUQUET: Aromas of fruit jam, Moreno cherries, red cherries and vanilla.
FLAVOUR: full-bodied, elegant, complex and velvety
SERVING TEMPERATURE: 18-20 °C
FOOD MATCHES: Red meat, boiled meat, aged cheese, aged cuts, chocolate
BOTTLED BY: AZIENDA AGRICOLA BRIGALDARA - San Pietro in Cariano, Verona - Italy
A balanced and well-structured wine with a fragrant, intense bouquet with notes of jasmine and magnolia. It is fresh, zesty and harmonious on the palate, very well-balanced and has a good, persistent aroma.