LCBO Vintages Classics Release
Brigaldara’s Amarone Riserva “San Floriano” is a wine made with great patience and skill, a masterclass in technique and slow winemaking. Grapes selected from Brigaldara’s best vineyards in the Valpolicella Classica and Valpolicella DOC region east of Verona are dried in airy lofts. As the grapes slowly dry, they are influenced by the season’s weather conditions, so climate continues to leaves it mark on the vintage well after harvest. The wine is handled gently during maceration and fermentation, then matured three years in barriques. The finished wine shows a velvety texture, powerful fruit, and evolved tertiary characteristics underscored by an elegance that comes with age.
“Brigaldara holds the Valpolicella banner high and makes some of the best Amarone available today. The 50-hectare estate is owned by the Cesari family and is home to extensive vineyards and olive groves. This beautiful collection of wines is absolutely unbeatable thanks to the excellent vintages (2010, 2009 and 2007) on offer now. The beautiful 2007 Amarone della Valpolicella Riserva San Floriano already shows the sheer magic of bottle-aging with touches of leather, spice and dried fruit that play perfectly off one another. The wine is so incredibly lively and bright in the mouth: it is teaming with vitality and energy. Dark notes of tar and resin make appropriate background tones. This is a masterpiece Amarone that still has a long way to go. Drink 2015-2028.”
95+ points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, Oct 2013