BRIGALDARA, AMARONE DELLA VALPOLICELLA

 

VENETO, ITALY


 

There are so many varieties of Amarones and Valpolicellas out there that it's little wonder that so many drinkers are so lost at sea. Then there's the staggeringly vast range of stylistic difference. Some verge toward the fruity, some toward the sweet, some toward the syrupy, some toward the bitter, some toward the savory, some toward the structured. How's a drinker to navigate all of these options?
 

Easy. Put your faith in Brigaldara and don’t think twice.
 

This great Venetian house is putting out world-class wines, with sumptuous (and seemingly fathomless) depths and finishes that go on for hours. 
 

Today we bring you a trio from their exquisite portfolio: two from 2016 — the 96+-point Amarone Case Vecie and the 94-point Amarone Cavolo — and one from 2012, the 95-point Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Riserva.
 

Stefano Cesari and his family have been making wine since 1929 on their 120-hectare estate outside of San Floriano. The property sits at the lip of the Marano Valley, one of the five municipalities that constitute the classic Valpolicella growing area. Here, the Corvina grape reigns — as vital to Venice as Nebbiolo is to Piedmont, and absolutely essential to the more modern style of Valpolicella that has elevated the profile of a sometimes-misunderstood (or mis-handled) varietal. 
 

The mission at Brigaldara is to produce Amarones of depth and freshness that are ready to go upon release. For that reason, the wines are first rested in French barriques, to fix their color and oxygenation, and then transferred to Slavonian oak barrels, to give them structure.
 

In our tastings, we were struck by the remarkable balance and integration on offer in the Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Case Vecie. Vinous captured that, and more, in its 96+-point rave: "This is dark and velvety, moody in feel yet seductive and pliant, simply harmonious, mixing salty minerals and ripe rich red fruits and spices, hints of mocha and inner violet florals. ... A simply stunning Case Vecie."
 

Vinous was just as taken with the Amarone Cavolo, calling it "deep, hauntingly dark, and rich," with "masses of mineral-tinged red fruit and molten chocolate, all supported by brisk acids that balance its heady character perfectly." 
 

Last, but by no means least, we have the Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Riserva 2012, which is produced entirely from grapes from a single parcel of the Case Vecie vineyard. Here, again, we were struck by its freshness, which did not distract from, but only enhanced, its opulence. 
 

I'll let Vinous have the final words on this one: "Hedonism at it best ... simply stunning."
 

We're extending Concierge Family pricing to you for all three of these beauties, and for the next week only, but act now so you don't miss out!

 


 

*Offer NOT valid in-store. This offer is made pre-arrival, with wines estimated to be delivered to your preferred store in Fall 2022. With the supply chain issues that we are seeing globally, there may be some unforeseen delays which could affect the ETA. All sale prices are the lowest available at Total Wine & More and ONLY valid through Concierge Sales. No further discounts or coupons may be applied. Offer not valid in DE, IN, KY, LA, MI, MO, NC, NM, NY, TN, or WI. This offer is for ONE WEEK, or until sold out, and will expire on Sunday, July 24, 2022.