AMARONE

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AMARONE DELLA VALPOLICELLA DOCG CLASSICO

 "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." 

 PRODUCED BY: Azienda Agricola Brigaldara

Grape

Corvinone 50%, Corvina 20%, Rondinella 20%, others 10%

Region

Verona

Vintage

2016

ABV

16.5

Serve at

18–20°C

Tasting notes

The clean aromas of red cherry and berries are enhanced by a floral touch. Initially sweet with a nice glycerine sensation in the mouth, it follows a slightly bitter note with a noticeable tannic bite on the lively flavours of red fruits. Classically dry finishes with a hint of heat derived from the significant alcoholic content.

Food pairing

Red meat, boiled meat, aged cheese, aged cuts, chocolate

Area of production

Brigaldara, San Pietro in Cariano, Verona, in the heart of Valpolicella classica.

Production process

The vineyard is situated across 20 hectares, with the typical Pergola Veronese and Guyot system. The selected bunches are the sparsest and best exposed ones. The careful selection of the grapes in the vineyard and the strict management of the drying process are of extreme importance for this wine. The grapes are hand-harvested during the second half of September. After approximately 120 days of appassimento (drying out of the grapes placed in crates), vinification takes place. During fermentation, the wine is always in contact with the grape skins. It is pumped over twice a day with a delestage half way through fermentation, favouring colour extraction. Here, all the noble components held in the skins are transferred to the wine. Ageing occurs for 1 year in small barrique and 2 years in large 25hl oak barrels.

Awards

GUIDA VITAE - AIS 4 VITI
GAMBERO ROSSO TRE BICCHIERI
JANCIS ROBINSON 16.5 POINTS
JAMES SUCKLING 91 POINTS
VINOUS 92 POINTS
DECANTER 92 POINTS


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