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Brigaldara Valpolicella Classico 2017 750ml
Rustic, elegant and food-friendly, this ’17 Valpolicella Classico explodes from the glass with a shower of dark fruits, bright cherries, warm leather, violet petals, and spicy cigar wrapper. This detailed wine unfolds on the palate to reveal a seamless balance of sweet fruits, chewy tannins, and electric acidity--it’s a juicy delight that calls for meals of hard cheeses, grilled meats, tomato-based pastas, or pizza! A blend of 55% Corvinone, 25% Corvina, and 20%, Rondinella deriving from vines planted in the 1970s and 1980s, the wine ferments and ages in temperature-controlled stainless steel.
Nicolis Valpolicella Classico 2014 750ml
Seductive scents of cherries and berries dance with eucalyptus, anise, black tea, cigar wrapper, and spice--this structured yet succulent Valpolicella practically grabs you by the ears and pulls you to the glass! Dark, juicy fruit mingles with earthy, smoky notes on the palate, where they’re joined by bitter almond and a hint of burned sugar, conveyed in a velvety palate that’s spiked with piquant acidity. A blend of 65% Corvina, 25% Rondinella, and the remainder Molinara, this wine ferments in temperature-controlled stainless steel and ages in large barrels for a classic interpretation of Veneto terroir and traditional winemaking.
Begali Valpolicella Superiore Ripasso 2014 750ml
Fresh, complex, delicious and immediately enjoyable, this ’14 Valpolicella Ripasso layers its sweet red fruits with warm leather, loam, spices, espresso and a kiss of raisined fruits. Elegant and round, this artisanal wine is nonetheless vibrant; it’s a terrific exploration into its vintage and a great introduction to the family-run Begali estate. A Valpolicella Ripasso “passes” through the lees left from the estate’s Amarone, and this one from Begali (a blend of 65% Corvina, 30% Rondinella and the remainder other indigenous grapes) spends at least a year maturing in oak barrel, followed by time in the bottle before release.
Brigaldara Valpolicella Ripasso Superiore 2016 750ml
Lush red and brooding blue fruits mingle with melted chocolate, spice box, violet petals, vanilla and soil in Brigaldara’s delicious, bold ’16 Valpolicella Ripasso. The product of protocol that lets the fermenting Valpolicella juice “pass through” the estate’s Amarone grape must, this wine is surprisingly complex and elegant, layering its intense fruits with fine-grained, polished tannins and vibrant acidity--it’s a food-friendly beauty! A blend of 40% Corvina, 30% Corvinone 20% Rondinella and 10% other grape varietals, grapes ferment first in stainless steel vats, and then with the skins of the Amarone grapes for five days; then the wine ages in oak barrels.
Nicolis Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2012 750ml
Lush red and brambly blue fruits dance on a foundation of underbrush, peppery spices, warm tobacco, raspberry jam and touches of potpourri, cocoa and Christmas cake in this elegant, intense ’12 Amarone. As full bodied as this Amarone is, it feels supple and energetic, powering to a lingering finish marked by chewy tannins, umami undertones, and bold fruit. While you could enjoy this wine upon release, a few years in the cellar will mellow its component parts into a delicious, cohesive whole. A blend of Corvina, Rondinella and Croatina, grapes dry in small cases for three months before pressing and a slow fermentation period at low temperatures; and the wine ages for 30 months in medium-sized Slavonian oak casks, followed by eight months in bottle before release.
Begali Recioto della Valpolicella Classico 2011 500ml
A frankly voluptuous wine, this opulent dessert wine uses partially dried grapes, just as an Amarone does, to achieve its intense, palate-staining full body, but unlike an Amarone, it’s approachable early and it’s sweet. Dark and seductive, Begali Recioto della Valpolicella Classico offers a bounty of juicy plums, brambly blackberries and sweet figs, all laid upon an herbal-inflected bed of cinnamon, star anise and sandalwood. Velvety and rich, yet spiked with tongue-piquing acidity, this luxurious wine is made for slow sipping, accompanied by cheese, chocolate or pastry. A blend of 65% Corvina, 30% Rondinella and the remainder other indigenous grapes, this wine spends a year in barrel, followed by at least six months in bottle before release.
Begali Amarone Classico 2012 750ml
Juicy red and blue fruits dance with Christmas cake, melted chocolate, forest floor and spice in this nicely structured, classically styled ’12 Amarone Classico. Complementing its sweet fruits with savory truffle and earth, this wine delights in its opposites, and its velvety mouth-feel swaddles the palate with pleasure. A terrific value alternative to Quintarelli, Dal Forno and Bussola, this Amarone is a blend of 65% Corvina, 30% Rondinella, and the remainder indigenous Veneto grapes. After drying in boxes for about three months, the grapes macerate in temperature-controlled stainless steel, then age for about three-and-a-half years in botti and tonneaux, followed by six months in bottle before release. Begali produced just a few hundred cases of this Amarone.
Brigaldara Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2013 750ml
Dense, intense and muscular, Brigaldera’s ’13 Amarone exudes luscious blue fruits, crisp cassis, raspberry jam, Christmas cake, melted chocolate, candied violets, smoke, cigar wrapper, and new leather in an intoxicating, seductive perfume. At first sip, this opulent wine seems as if it will be sweet, but the bold fruits mellow and meld with the Amarone’s smoky minerality; a hefty alcohol level finds its match in electric acidity, and the dry finish glides to a lingering, herbaceous end. Enjoyable now with liberal decanting, this Amarone will drink for years, even decades. A blend of 50% Corvinone, 20% Corvina, 20% Rondinella, and 10% assorted grapes deriving from vines planted in 1994, grapes partially dry before fermentation, and the wine ages for three years in a combination of barrique and barrels.
Begali Amarone Monte Ca Bianca 2010 750ml
Raisined fruit mingles with apple skin, warm saddle leather, underbrush, crushed minerals, cocoa powder, and baking spices in this elegant, energetic cru Amarone. Structured yet caressing, this ’10 cru Amarone glides across the palate, scattering chewy tannins as it builds to a lingering, bright finish. There’s no question that this Amarone will be even better in a decade or more. This wine's exceptionally rich mouth-feel is plush, opulent and satisfying, making it an extraordinary value for its price point. A blend of 40% Corvina, 35% Corvinone, 20% Rondinella, and 5% of the hard-to-grow Oseleta, the grapes for this wine sit and dry in boxes for about three months before vinification; after fermentation, the wine ages in botti and barriques for about four years before bottling. Begali produces around 200 cases of its cru Amarone each vintage.
Begali Amarone Monte Ca Bianca 2012 750ml
Succulent cherries and berries dance with warm cigar wrapper, fresh earth, crushed peppercorns, potpourri, espresso, and Christmas cake in this supple, aromatic and darkly beautiful wine. Complementing its sweet fruits with savory truffle and earth, this wine delights in its opposites, and its velvety mouth-feel swaddles the palate with pleasure; a lingering finish inflected by minerals and spice completes the drinking experience. Rich yet juicy, this wine has the structure to age nicely, but the warm vintage allows for early approachability with decanting. A blend of40% Corvina, 35% Corvinone, 20% Rondinella, and 5% Oseleta, the grapes dry for three months, then macerate in temperature-controlled stainless steel; the wine ages for about three-and-a-half years in botti and tonneaux, followed by eight months in bottle before release. Begali produced just a couple hundred cases of this Amarone.