Buglioni

Veneto, Italy

Amarone della Valpolicella Classico DOCG – 2013

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  • Vineyard Profile

    • Vine Age: 14 years
    • Soil: Dark, gravelly, high clay content, fertile, deep and drought-resistant
    • Elevation: 660 feet above sea level
    • Orientation: North-south orientation
    • Density: 5,000 vines/hectare (2,023 vines/acre)
    • Training: Guyot, 8 buds per vine, green cover crop between rows
  • Vintage Report

    • The growing trend slowed by a return of slightly cold weather during April and May. The summer continued with high temperatures and very poor rainfall, exceeded thanks to irrigation rescue. Lower temperatures and less rain in late August restored the equilibrium of the vines. Cooler evening temperatures allowed optimal ripening.

    • Harvest Date(s): Mid-September
    • Yields: 30 hl/ha (3 tons/acre)
  • Vinification

    • Dry, destemmed grapes were crushed and pressed in mid-January. Slow grape withering the drying room until mid-January. Fermentation was at a controlled temperature of 24 C (75 F). Extended maceration was for 25 days with daily pumpovers. Malolactic fermentation took place. The wine was aged 30 months in French oak barriques (20% new, 80% used) and 12 months in bottle before being released.

  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: 60% Corvina, 20% Corvinone, 10% Rondinella, 5% Croatina, 5% Oseleta
    • Alcohol: 16.5%
    • TA: 5.9g/L
    • p H: 3.5
    • RS: 5.3g/L
  • Tasting Notes

    • Dark ruby-red in color with garnet shades. Intense and elegant aromas of ripe fruit, raisins and spices with vanilla, tobacco, cocoa and anise. Persistent, warm flavors, velvety and harmonious. This is a wine for meditation — a protagonist on its own. It is traditionally paired with game, grilled beef, stew, braised meat and mature cheeses, however, the smoothness of its dry fruit allows for modern and daring pairing…have you ever tried it with raw prawns or scampi? Serve at 18 C (65 F). Open at least one hour before serving.

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  • Buglioni Amarone della Valpolicella Classico DOCG – 2013 – Wine Enthusiast – 91 Points

    Enticing aromas of cassis, cocoa and underbrush lead the nose. The dense palate offers blackberry jam, tobacco and licorice alongside firm, polished tannins.

  • Amarone della Valpolicella Classico DOCG – 2013 – 4.75 stars – Opening a Bottle

    “Strength and elegance … surprisingly smooth, and the alcohol appeared to be tamed by the wild fruit and thick acidity that countered it on the palate. Classic Amarone della Valpolicella finish — miles long, lingering in the sides of the mouth ...”

  • Amarone della Valpolicella Classico DOC – 2013

    Dark ruby-red in color with garnet shades. Intense and elegant aromas of ripe fruit, raisins and spices with vanilla, tobacco, cocoa and anise. Persistent, warm flavors, velvety and harmonious.

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