Veneto, Italy

Il Bugiardo Valpolicella Classico Superiore DOC Ripasso – 2013

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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: 23 hectares (56.8 acres)
    • Vine Age: 12 years
    • Soil: Dark, gravelly, high clay content, fertile, deep and drought-resistant
    • Elevation: 200 meters (656 feet)
    • Orientation: North to south / 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): End of September
    • Brix: 23°
  • 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 28 C (82 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), 6 months in stainless-steel tanks and six months in bottle before release.

  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: 60% Corvina, 20% Corvinone, 10% Rondinella, 5% Croatina, 5% Oseleta
    • Production (in cases): 7,000
    • Production Case Pack: 12/750ml
    • Alcohol: 14.3%
    • TA: 5.4g/L
    • p H: 3.5
    • RS: 3g/L
  • Tasting Notes

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