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2011 Guerrieri Rizzardi Amarone Della Valpolicella Classico CalcaroleBlend from Italy

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"Guerrieri Rizzardi, the historic wine-growing estate in the Veneto region, was established with the union of two ancient Veronese wine making families of substance: the Counts...

  • 94+ Ian Dagata - Vinous Media
  • 93 Decanter
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94+

"Deep ruby-red with a hint of an amber rim. Red cherry, dark plums, botanical herbs and minerals on the enticing nose. Dense and very suave, with ripe red cherry, tobacco and sweet spice flavors that are precise, focused and multilayered. Finishes long and vibrant, offering lingering savory nuances and hints of faded rose petals. Just a whiff of excess alcohol here lowers my score, but at 16% alcohol, this olfactory sensation is practically unavoidable. A knockout Amarone; unless memory fails me, this may well be the best young Calcarole I have tasted..."

93 Decanter

"A really delightful textbook Amarone here. Oak and aniseed aromas contrast with rose hip syrup, rhubarb and violets. This intensity unfolds gracefully on the palate into balsamic cherries and jammy plums, supported by refined textured tannins."

Product Description:

"Guerrieri Rizzardi, the historic wine-growing estate in the Veneto region, was established with the union of two ancient Veronese wine making families of substance: the Counts Guerrieri, owners of a centuries-old estate with vineyards and cellars in Bardolino, and the Counts Rizzardi, who acquired their vineyards in Negrar back in 1678, building the historic cellar of Pojega shortly thereafter. The small estate of Dolcè in Valdadige has always belonged to the Guerrieri estate of Bardolino.

Calcarole, basically a giant limestone rock with vines atop it, is a “cCru” above the Villa di Rovereti in the heart of Negrar in the Valpolicella Classico Area – It is an unusually warm site for the region, with southwestern exposure, and unquestionably one of the most revered vineyards in the DOC.

At Guerrieri Rizzardi, the relationship between the land, heritage, and tradition has, for many years, molded their philosophy, yet they have never lost sight of innovation in their quest to produce a better bottle of wine.

This Amarone comes from a hillside vineyard in Calcarole, in the municipality of Negrar. The subsoil is predominantly limestone, hence the name “Calcarole.” The terraced hill is divided into 6 different plots planted with vines between 1986 and 2000, with 4,000 vines per hectare. There are currently around 4 hectares of vineyards.

“Tre Bicchieri,” Gambero Rosso for the current vintage as it has been for 9 of the last 11 vintages. The 2011 vintage was the #4 ranked wine out of 166 Amarones tasted in Decanter’s comprehensive tasting in April of 2017.

Hand picked. Made from 100% dried grapes, that have been raisened in a drying room for 3.5 months. Long, slow fermentation of one month followed by malolactic fermentation in oak. 12 months in 5 hl oak barrels and then 24 months in 25 hl oak barrels."-Importer

Product Detail

Item # 105189
Country Italy
Region Veneto
Sub-Region Amarone
Ratings

94+ - Ian Dagata - Vinous Media

93 - Decanter

Vintage 2011
Color Red
ABV 16.0%
Varietal(s) Corvina, Corvinone, Rondinella
Size 750 mL
Closure Cork
Features
Taste chocolate, mocha, fig, earth, raisin, cranberry and plum
Nose chocolate, mocha, fig, earth, raisin, cranberry and plum