Veneto, Italy

Il Vigliacco Spumante Brut Rosé, Valpolicella – 2018

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  • 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: 25 years
    • Soil: Dark alluvial, gravelly, lightly textured
    • Elevation: 150 meters (492 feet)
    • Orientation: north-south
    • Density: 2,500 vines/hectare (1,012 vines/acre)
    • Training: Double pergola, 18 buds per vine, green cover crop between rows
  • Vintage Report

    • “According to Regulations, the Molinara grape is no longer compulsory for producing Valpolicella Wines. …What a Cowardly measure! Provocatively, we’ve decided to make a Brut Rosé out of it.”

    • 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 C (57 F) 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 two months in bottle before being released.

  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: 100% Molinara
    • Production (in cases): 3,350 cases (6/750ml)
    • Cases Imported: 1,125 cases (6/750ml)
    • Alcohol: 12.2%
    • TA: 5.8 g/L
    • p H: 3.2
    • RS: 7 g/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 C (46 F).