Il Bugiardo Valpolicella Classico Superiore DOC Ripasso – 2017
“If this is not Amarone, then it is a lying wine!” This was the exclamation of an experienced sommelier, when he tasted our first Ripasso wine in 2000, an incident which gave birth to the name of our wine, “Il Bugiardo,” or “the liar.”
- Size: 23 hectares (56.8 acres)
- Vine Age: 11 years
- Soil: Dark, clayey and fertile with a high content of gravel, deep and drought-resistant
- Elevation: 200 meters (656 feet)
- Orientation: North to south
- Exposure: South
- Density: 5,000 vines/hectare (2,023 vines/acre)
- Training: Guyot with 5000 vines per hectare, 8 buds per vine Vine age: 12 years - Green cover of rows
- Harvest Date(s): End of September
Crushing and pressing of de-stemmed grapes
Fermentation at a controlled temperature of 28°C.
The must obtained from freshly vinified grapes in September is re-passed in the Amarone marc in January, following the traditional “ripasso” technique, and undergoes a second fermentation. The grapes left to wither are vinified in November and macerated in contact with the skins for 20 days. The two wines —ripasso, and the wine obtained from withered grapes—are then assembled together.
- Fermentation: Malolactic
- Aging: The wine is aged in oak tonneaux and vats for 12 months, then left to mature further 6 months in the bottle before sale
- Varietal Composition: 60% Corvina, 20% Corvinone, 10% Rondinella, 5% Croatina, 5% Oseleta
- Alcohol: 14.7%
- TA: 5.2 g/L
- p H: 3.6
- RS: 3.0 g/L
Dark ruby-red color. Intense and elegant aromas of ripe fruit and spices with hints of vanilla and tobacco. Warm, persistent flavors, velvety and harmonious.
- Serving Suggestions: Serve at a temperature of approximately 16-18°C. Open the bottle at least 1 hour before serving.
Buglioni Il Bugiardo Valpolicella Classico Superiore DOC Ripasso – 2017 – Vinous – 92 Points
The 2017 Valpolicella Classico Superiore Ripasso Il Bugiardo displays an inviting mix of blackberries, sage, roses, chalk dust and hints of camphor. This is full-bodied with depths of silky textures and a dense core of dark fruits and minerals that are not quite ready to reveal all of their charms. The 2017 has a bit of a monolithic feel today, yet it’s also perfectly balanced, with a structure that can carry it for many years in the cellar – which would be advisable to allow it to unwind a bit.