Recioto della Valpolicella Classico 2016
Fruit Forward, full and warm, Rich, velvety
Az Agricola Begali Lorenzo
A voluptuous wine, this “Baby Amarone” uses partially dried grapes, just as an Amarone does, to achieve its intense, palate-staining full body, but unlike an Amarone, it’s approachable early and it’s sweet.
Dark and seductive, Begali Recioto della Valpolicella Classico offers a bounty of juicy plums, brambly blackberries and sweet figs, all laid upon an herbal-inflected bed of cinnamon, star anise and sandalwood.
Velvety and rich, yet spiked with tongue-piquing acidity, this luxurious wine is made for slow sipping, accompanied by cheese, chocolate or pastry.
This ancient wine goes back to Roman times, when the Valpolicella area was where the Vitis Reatica mentioned by Plinio 2000 years ago originated from. It owes its name to the dialect word “Recia” (ear), outer part of the bunch of grapes, also called "le alette" (wings) which are the part of the bunch most exposed to the sun.
It is the product of careful processing and it begins with the selection during the grape-harvest and ends in February with the pressing of the grapes that have been carefully conserved in the fruit house (lofts). This wine remains in tonneaux for about 10/12 months.
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.