2013 Brigaldara Amarone Classico

Year: 2013
Appellation: Verona
Country: Italy
Wine Spectator: 90
Wine Advocate: 93
Gambero Rosso: Tre Bicchieri
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 16.5%
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"Balanced and creamy, this medium- to full-bodied red offers an appealing, up-front mix of dried cherry, spice box, dried thyme and sweet smoke flavors that seem more subtle toward the finish. Drink now through 2023. 5,000 cases made. -AN" (WS)

"Here's a big wine with broad shoulders and sweeping aromas of dark fruit, cola and Christmas spice. The 2013 Amarone della Valpolicella Classico is a blend of 45% Corvina, 45% Corvinone and 10% Rondinella, and the grapes see 120 days of appassimento, which is on the long side. That fruit, therefore, reaches a higher threshold of density and richness. With 16.5% alcohol, the wine flaunts its power and momentum with loads of dark fruit, raisin, Spanish cedar and fragrant mesquite wood. It ages in barrique for one year before going into Slavonian oak casks for two additional years. You'll need a heavy meat casserole with potatoes to stand up to this one. Some 50,000 bottles were rolled out." (WA)

Winery Notes:
Tasting Notes:
Brght red. Clean red cherry and berry aromas are lifted by a floral touch. Sweet on entry with a nice glyceral mouthfeel, then somewhat bitter with noteworthy tannic bite to the lively red berry flavors. Finishes classically dry and with a trace of alcohol-derived heat.

The wine possesses notable clarity in a layered expression of bright red fruits. Perfumed aromatics add further complexity as the wine gains volume with air, revealing the full breadth of its pedigree. This focused, energetic wine is delicious now, but will be even better in another year or two.

Amarone Classico is made from grapes that have been harvested in Brigaldara's vineyards, located in the heart of the so called Valpolicella Classica, at the entrance of the Marano valley. The grapes employed for the production of Amarone are the best exposed and the sparsest. The careful selection of the grapes in the vineyard and the strict management of the drying process are of exreme importance for this wine. The grapes are left to dry in crates for ca. 120 days and are then vinificated. The winemaking favors the transmission of all the noble components from the skins to the wine. Amarone Classico follows the traditional production method, employing large-volume wooden barrels capable of evolving the wine in the ca. 3 years of aging.