Story of the wine:
Well-made Amarone is one of Italy's glories; it is a rich, deep flavoured wine with a dry, bitter finish on the palate. It is made by selecting the ripest bunches of the grapes, then drying them for
several months on wooden slats or trays and finally pressing and fermenting them. The effect of drying is to reduce the water content so that the wine produced has more concentration of flavour.
Historically this passito wine was made as a sweet wine or Recioto then between the wars a producer inadvertently fermented the wine dry, so Amarone was born. It is a fairly recent wine in the sense that it was first recorded as being sold in 1938 although it was only in the 1950’s that Amarone started to become popular.
Brigaldara is a founder member of the Families of Amarone – a group of 12 producing families dedicated to maintain high quality Amarone.
Grape(s): 70% Corvina, 20% Rondinella, 5% Sangiovese 5% Others
Area: San Floriano in the centre of the Classico region of Valpolicella. For the Amarone the grapes come from the highest part of the vineyard.
Training system: 60% Guyot 40% Pergola
Harvest: 20th September to 20th October
Vinification: The grapes were dried until the end of February and after pressing were fermented at a temperature of 10-20C after a 45 day maceration. The must was pumped over the skins daily. The malolactic fermentation took place during June and July.
Ageing: Aged for 12 months in barriques and 24 months in large Slavonian oak barrels.
Pack size: 12x37.5cl
Descriptions for Wine List
1) An enormous, muscular wine with tones of damsons and herbs that is best drunk with game or strongly flavoured cheese.
2) Brigaldara is one of the best producers of Amarone, a wine that is now beginning to be regarded as one of Italy’s jewels. Made from dried grapes in the Valpolicella’s Classico and best region and with a full, dry flavour. An enormous, muscular wine with tones of damsons and herbs that is best drunk with game or strongly flavoured cheese.
Vintage 2010 Tre Bicchieri Vini d’Italia Gambero Rosso 2015
Vintage 2006 Tre Bicchieri Vini d’Italia Gambero Rosso 2011
Vintage 2005 Tre Bicchieri Guida ai Vini d’Italia 2010
Vintage 1998 Tre Bicchieri Guida ai Vini d’Italia 2003
Gold Medal International Wine Challenge 2002
Vintage 1997 Tre Bicchieri Guida ai Vini d’Italia 2002
Vintage 1995 Gold Medal International Wine Challenge 2000
Country: Italy Region: San Pietro in Cariano - Veneto Grape: 70% Corvina, 20% Rondinella, 5% Sangiovese 5% Others Product code: 1350H Pack size: 12x37.5cl
In the hills of northeast Italy above the beautiful, medieval town of Verona, in the original or ‘classico' area of production lie the vineyards of Stefano Cesari. In his family winery he makes top class Valpolicella, Amarone and Recioto.
Tre Bicchieri is the grand award bestowed upon some of Italy’s best wines, as judged by the tasting team at renowned Gambero Rosso. It is a difficult and meticulous process tasting over 20,000 Italian wines from thousands of producers. Each October, Gambero Rosso publically releases their closely-guarded “secret list” of the best wines of the coming New Year.