Veneto, Italy

Il Bugiardo Valpolicella Classico Superiore DOC Ripasso – 2011

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  • Introduction

    • “If this is not Amarone, then it is a lying wine!” This was the exclamation of an experienced sommelier, when he tasted our first Ripasso wine in 2000, an incident which gave birth to the name of our wine, “Il Bugiardo,” or “the liar.”

  • Vineyard Profile

    • Size: 18 hectares (44.5 acres)
    • Vine Age: 10 years
    • Soil: Dark, gravelly, high clay content, fertile, deep and drought-resistant
    • Elevation: 200 meters (656 feet)
    • Orientation: North to south
    • Density: 5,000 vines/hectare (2,023 vines/acre)
    • Training: Guyot, 8 buds/vine, green cover crop between rows
  • Vintage Report

    • Harvest Date(s): October 4-10
    • Yields: 60 hl/ha (4.4 tons/acre)
  • Vinification

    • A portion of the grapes were destemmed, crushed and pressed immediately; the remainder was left to dry until November. Fermentation took place at a controlled temperature of 16°C (61°F). The grapes that had been left to dry were vinified in November and macerated for 20 days. In January, the must from freshly vinified grapes was re-passed in the Amarone marc, following a traditional ripasso technique, and underwent a second fermentation. The two wines — the ripasso and the wine from the dried grapes — were then blended together. The wine was aged for 12 months in Slavonian oak barriques (20% new) and six months in bottle before release.

  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: 60% Corvina, 20% Corvinone, 10% Rondinella, 5% Croatina, 5% Oseleta
    • Alcohol: 15%
    • TA: 5.6g/L
    • p H: 3.6
    • RS: 8g/L
  • Tasting Notes

    • Dark ruby-red color. Intense and elegant aromas of ripe fruit, raisins, black cherries and plums with hints of cocoa, vanilla and tobacco. Warm, persistent flavors, velvety and harmonious.



  • Il Bugiardo Valpolicella Classico Superiore DOC Ripasso – 2011 – 90 points – Wine Spectator

    “A harmonious red, with supple tannins framing the flavors of pureed black cherry, herb-marinated black olive and licorice drop, accented by hints of graphite and spice box. Fresh and focused.”