This wine is made from the region’s traditional red grapes — mostly Corvina with contributions of Corvinone, Roindinella, Croatina, and Oseleta. Some lots were pressed at harvest while others were dried until November, after which the dried fruit was vinified and passed over the Amarone marc (ripasso) for a second fermentation. Finally, all lots were blended and the wine aged for a year in Slavonian oak, partially new, followed by six months in tank and six months in bottle before release. Phew!
The result is rubescent red and redolent of dried cherries, woodsy berries, candied orange peel, anise, and five spice. It retains some juicy freshness, balancing bramble fruits and firm tannins and finishing in a flare of tobacco and red cherry. Pair it with roasted meats, savory braises, mushroom risotto, lasagne, ragù.
2013 Buglioni Valpolicella Classico Superiore Ripasso
14.3% abv | $28 (sample) Imported by Wilson Daniels