Amarone della Valpolicella DOCG Classico ’15
Ethereal and Spicy, Full-Bodied, Intense Aromas, Smooth, Very Long Finish
Corvina, Other Indigenous Grapes, Rondinella
Az Agricola Begali Lorenzo
Very deep garnet red colour. Intense aromas, ethereal and spicy, leather and cooked black fruit. Soft and dry, rich and “smooth” on the palate, a vigorous full bodied with a magnificent finish.
An ideal wine for main and second courses such as roasts grilled and red meat, but excellent as well to sip at the end of a meal, like port, with mature cheese.
Amarone wine is created by drying the grapes that are laid to rest after a first careful selection of the best bunches during the harvest; the best ripened, and above all bunches with fewer grapes.
A second selection is carried out in the grape drying facility called “fruttaio” where we can control the correct integrity and state of health of the fruit. The grapes continue drying for a period before being pressed.Although small, this is a top Valpolicella estate, having won numerous Tre Bicchieri awards in Gambero Rosso, but with very fair pricing.
We have worked with the lovely Begali family for a very long time. Lorenzo and Adriana, followed on from Lorenzo’s father who began making wine after the second world war. They started selling their first bottles in 1986, and have since involved their son Giordano and daughter Tiliana. They produce their wines on an estate of 12 hectares between Lake Garda and Verona, in the classic area for Valpolicella. This family run winery in the small borgo of Cengia, is nonetheless a top Valpolicella estate, having won plenty of Tre Bicchieri awards in the famous Gambero Rosso guide, Slow Food and Wine Spectator.
Begali are also part of the consorzio of historic Amarone families, an association founded in 2009, dedicated to maintaining the highest standards of this famed style, whereby the wine is made from selected bunches of grapes dried in the autumn on straw to concentrate the sugars and dry extract. As such it’s high in alcohol but not fortified.