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Brigaldara Amarone della Valpolicella 2016 [750ml/6cs]

$59.99 x 6
(price per 750ml bottle) - sold in cases of 6 bottles
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Type:
Red Table Wine
Varietal:
Corvina & Veneto Blends
Vintage:
2016
Country:
Italy
Region:
Veneto
Sub Region:
Valpolicella
Winery:
Brigaldara
Bottles / case:
6
Unit:
750 ml

Amarone production begins in the vineyard, where Pergola and Guyot-trained vines are carefully managed to produce flawless bunches of fruit. Only the best fruit, strictly selected to eliminate damaged bunches, is used. That fruit rests for around 120 days in a drying room, humidity-controlled room to avoid botrytis. In January, months after harvest, the concentrated fruit is vinified over 15 days. Brigaldara’s goal is to produce Amarone with body, freshness, and drinkability upon release, with no oxidation. Their wine is a departure from old-style Amarone made from dried, often botrytized, fruit fermented over a 40-day period. It spent one year in barriques, then two years in large 25 hectolitre oak vessels prior to bottling.

A Corvinone-dominant blend featuring Corvina and Rondinella, this is a sumptuous Amarone with a spicy, perfumed bouquet of black cherry and vanilla. The palate reveals a ripe core of bitter chocolate and spiced fruit cake, with complex flavours of Mirabelle plum and coffee. An attractive note of black tea persists through the finish. Alcohol, often a determining quality for Amarone-lovers, is nicely balanced by the wine’s density and velvety texture. It’s a powerful wine, yet elegant and graceful.

“Exotic spices, medicinal cherry and sweet herbs come together to form a dramatic and deeply alluring display on the 2016 Amarone della Valpolicella Classico. It’s silky and energetic, with a savoury showing of mineral-tinged black fruits, cinnamon and cocoa. This hides its 16.5% abv perfectly, tapering off to peppery inner florals over a gentle tug of fine tannin. You can feel the 2016’s girth, yet it manages to carry that weight with ease. Very nice.”
92 points, Eric Guido, Vinous, Dec 2020

“Brigaldara favours a long appassimento period – which lasts until mid-January – but aims for very low residual sugar. The result is remarkably balanced. Seductive and round without being fat, this 2016 demonstrates sumptuous raspberry fruit yet is dry and handles its alcohol admirably well. There is a subtle minerality with nuances of bitter almond and a surge of cocoa and star anise on the finish. It just needs some time for the wood to integrate, as it spends a year in barriques before being transferred to large Slavonian oak casks.”
92 points, Michaela Morris, Decanter, May 2020

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