Brigaldara Recioto (375ml)
Purchased by Renzo Cesari in 1928, his passion was viticulture. That passion stretched across generations when the winery changed hands; it was passed down to his grandson Stefano, who built a relationship with Roberto Ferrarini- former oenologist and professor of oenology at University of Verona, considered by many as one of the most important innovators in the history of Amarone and Valpolicella.
Stefano, former President of the Valpolicella Region Growers Association, dedicated his time during his presidency to improving Valpolicella through low yields, improved viticultural practices, careful clone selection, and modern winemaking techniques. His focus is on farming traditional grapes of Valpolicella Classico DOC, while emphasizing high-quality Corvina over Rondinella and Molinara, on his 47 ha (120 ha in total, the rest mainly consisting of olive groves, crops, pastures, and woods) of estate vineyards near the village of San Floriano- the heart of the region.
Intense red ruby loaded with mocha, black cherries, plums, espresso and spices. The intense fruit is nicely balanced by an underlying energy and focus. Sweet perfumed notes wrap around the long, satisfying finish.
Made from a blend of 55% Corvina, 25% Corvinone, and 20% Rondinella; the vines are trained in the traditional Pergola Veronese style. Hand harvested, mid to late October and the best grapes are placed on crates and put into the fruit drying lofts (like in Amarone della Valpolicella production). Once the grapes have raisinated enough, they are crushed and fermentation begins via natural ambient yeasts. After the wine reaches the desired sugar/alcohol balance, its moved to 25 hl oak barrels to age for two years. The final alcohol content in 14.5% making for a rich and bold red, or as Italians would say “un vino da meditazione”.
Recioto is produced only in the best years when the appassimento and natural fermentation procedures are able to reach a level of quality which is high enough to meet the standards which the tradition of this product requires.