Veneto, Italy

Il Vigliacco Spumante Brut Rosé, Valpolicella – 2014

download facts sheet Download tasting notes where to buy
  • Introduction

    • This wine takes its name from the Amarone DOC commission’s decision to remove Molinara from the Amarone blend. Buglioni, left with grapes in its vineyards, decided to make a sparkling wine and call it “Il Vigliacco,” or “the coward,” and delivered the first case to the front step of the commission’s office.

  • Vineyard Profile

    • Size: 13 hectares (32.12 acres)
    • Vine Age: 20-25 years
    • Soil: Dark alluvial, gravelly, lightly textured
    • Elevation: 150 meters (492 feet)
    • Orientation: North-south
    • Density: 3,300 vines/hectare (1,335 vines/acre)
    • Training: Double pergola, 18 buds per vine, green cover crop between rows
  • Vintage Report

    • Lower than average temperatures and high rainfall over early spring presented challenges in the vineyard during bud break and the flowering period. The overall grape yield was smaller than the average, however excellent quality at time of harvest. The hot summer months ensured positive grape health and allowed perfect ripeness, ensuring balanced acidity and sugar levels.

    • Harvest Date(s): Mid-September
    • Yields: 70 hl/ha (5.2 tons/acre)
  • Vinification

    • Destemmed grapes were crushed and pressed followed by a cold maceration for 48 hours with the skins. Fermentation was for approximately 15 days at a controlled temperature of 14 degrees Celsius (57 degrees Fahrenheit) in stainless-steel tanks. Second fermentation also took place in stainless-steel tanks for 30 days, according to the Martinotti-Charmat method. The wine was aged for three months in bottle before being released.

  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: 100% Molinara
    • Production (in cases): 3,350 cases
    • Production Case Pack: 6/750ml
    • Cases Imported: 1,125 cases
    • Imported Case Pack: 6/750ml
    • Alcohol: 11.8%
    • TA: 6.2g/L
    • p H: 3.3
    • RS: 10g/L
  • Tasting Notes

    • Bright rosé color. Fine and persistent perlage. Gently fruity bouquet with a delicate scent of flowers. Fresh, dry and savory flavors. Ideal as an apéritif, also for its appealing color. It pairs well with meat or fish appetizers and crudités, delicate first courses and grilled white meat. Serve chilled at 8 degrees Celsius (46 degrees Fahrenheit).