Awarded 95 points and a Platinum Best In Category (Best Amarone) at the 2017 Decanter World Wine Awards (www.decanter.com): see their August 2017 DWWA supplement (see blue link below).
Guerrieri Rizzardi 3 Cru Amarone 2012 - August 2017 DWWA17 review
Selected grapes from the three Cru vineyards (Calcarole, Pojega & Rovereti) make up the wine (hence the name). Barrels normally destined for the famed Calcarole and Villa Rizzardi wines - which were not bottled in 2012 - take up the majority of the blend. Grapes come from the 5-hectare, steep, rocky, terraced hillside vineyard of Calcarole as well as the gently sloping clay vineyards of Rovereti and Pojega in the heart of Negrar, the most celebrated of the communes in Valpolicella. Vine age is up to 36 years old.
Made from 100% dried grapes, that have been raisined in the drying room for 3½ months. Long, slow fermentation of one month (25°C - 30°C) followed by malolactic fermentation in oak. Maturation is 12 months in 2.25 hl oak barrels and 24 months in 25 hl oak barrels. Production is limited to 50,000 bottles.
The wine is a blend of 80% Corvina & Corvinone, 10% Rondinella and 10% Barbera.
Aromatic with ripe dark berried fruit alongside sweet spice, a ripe, rich style. The texture to is rich and round with abundant, ripe, dark berried fruit supported by fine oak. Well structured and maintaining good freshness.
We like this because it was recently awarded Best Amarone by Decanter in the 2017 DWWAs and is quite delicious. Think velvet with soft tannins and ripe black fruits - perfect for warming up during the winter months!
** THIS AMARONE HAS PROVED REMARKABLY POPULAR AND STOCKS IN THE UK ARE DOWN TO THE LAST FEW HUNDRED BOTTLES. THE REMAINING BOTTLES HERE ARE THE LAST WE WILL BE ABLE TO SECURE. SADLY, WE HAVE HAD TO RAISE THE PRICE OWING TO A PRICE INCREASE FROM THE SUPPLIER, BUT WE REMAIN THE LOWEST PRICE IN THE UK. **