Buglioni

Veneto, Italy

Il Recioto della Valpolicella Classico DOC – 2011

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  • Vineyard Profile

    • Size: 18 hectares (44.5 acres)
    • Vine Age: 15 years
    • Soil: Dark, gravelly, high clay content, fertile, deep and drought-resistant
    • Elevation: 200 meters (656 feet)
    • Orientation: North-south
    • Density: 5,000 vines/hectare (2,023 vines/acre)
    • Training: Double pergola, 8 buds per vine, green cover crop between rows
  • Vintage Report

    • A long drought early in the year and hot weather in April led to early budbreak, which was followed by weeks of rain and below-average temperatures until July. In August, it warmed up again and the soil dried out quickly. Harvest was early, yields were low and the quality of the grapes was high.

    • Harvest Date(s): September 18-20
    • Yields: 50 hl/ha (3.7 tons/acre)
  • Vinification

    • Dry, destemmed grapes were crushed and pressed mid-February. Fermentation took place at a controlled temperature of 16 C (60 F). Extended maceration was for 20 days with daily pump overs. Malolactic fermentation occurred. The wine was aged for 12 months in French-oak barriques (20% new), six months in stainless-steel tanks, and six months in bottle before being released.

  • Tasting Notes

    • A sweet red wine from raisins with a dark ruby-red color. Intense and elegant aromas of ripe fruit, raisins, black cherries and plums in alcohol, and spicy scents of cocoa, vanilla and tobacco. Sweet and warm flavors, velvety and round. Recioto is a wine for meditation, to be enjoyed after a meal, even on its own. It is traditionally paired with plain pastries or biscuits, and makes a tempting mate for chocolate cake. For those who dare, we suggest you try it with very mature or blue cheeses. Serve at 15 C (59 F). Open at least one hour before serving.

  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: 60% Corvina, 20% Corvinone, 10% Rondinella, 10% Croatina
    • Production (in cases): 800 cases
    • Production Case Pack: 6/500ml
    • Alcohol: 14.7%
    • TA: 5.3g/L
    • p H: 3.8
    • RS: 140g/L

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  • Il Recioto della Valpolicella Classico DOC – 2011

    A sweet red wine from raisins with a dark ruby-red color. Intense and elegant aromas of ripe fruit, raisins, black cherries and plums in alcohol, and spicy scents of cocoa, vanilla and tobacco. Sweet and warm flavors, velvety and round.

  • Il Recioto della Valpolicella Classico DOC – 2011 – 91 points – Wine Spectator

    “Light and silky in texture and weight, but packed full of ripe plum sauce, baked black cherry and strawberry pate de fruit flavors, revealing accents of cocoa powder, medicinal herbs and graphite. Well-balanced and creamy, with a lasting, spiced finish.”

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