"You are holding a treasure of the ages, the Queen of dessert wines, a rare gem of exquisite, crushed velvet texture and a palate brimming with vivid, seductive black fruit and chocolate notes. One sip will tell you why, for centuries, Recioto represented the pinnacle of every Valpolicella winemaker’s range – until one fateful day in 1936 when it was discovered that splendid sweet Recioto, when left, transformed into delectable dry Amarone. Today, the clamour for Amarone consigns original Recioto to a tiny two per cent of each vintage... and that is why the bottle you are holding is, well, very small. Yet so very, very special!" John Kirwan
RECIOTO DELLA VALPOLICELLA DOCG
Produced from the local Valpolicella grape varieties, Corvina, Rondinella and Molinara, and aged in oak barrels, Recioto is a sweet, full-bodied, elegant and velvety wine.
TOWN OF PRODUCTION: San Pietro in Cariano
GRAPE VARIETIES: Corvina 40%, Corvinone 20%, Rondinella, Molinara and Sangiovese 40%
TRAINING SYSTEM: Pergola veronese
HARVEST PERIOD: Second half of October
WINE MAKING: Grapes are selected in the vineyard and are then placed in crates in the fruit drying loft. The must is left in contact with the grapes to ensure colour is extracted from the grapes skins during the whole fermentation process. Pumping over is carried out twice a day and delastage is carried out half way through the fermentation process
AGING: 2 years in 25hl oak barrels
ALCOHOL CONTENT: 14.5%
COLOUR: Intense purple red
BOUQUET: Aromas of fruit jam, Moreno cherries, red cherries, vanilla, dried fruit and spice
FLAVOUR: Full-bodied, elegant, slightly sweet and velvety
SERVING TEMPERATURE: Approximately 16 °C
FOOD MATCHES: Dessert wine suited for cakes and sweets or chocolate and almonds
BOTTLED BY: AZIENDA AGRICOLA BRIGALDARA - San Pietro in Cariano, Verona - Italy
Red wine with an intense, winey and grassy bouquet. The flavor is dry, robust and harmonious.
This wine is excellent with meat-based first and second courses as well as with hard cheeses.