Platinum Medal 95 points: Guerrieri Rizzardi 3 CRU Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2012

We are a little bit happy to say the least with this result. The 2012 3CRU Amarone has already been a firm favourite internationally so to get recognised in this way is a pleasure.
Here is what one of the judges had to say on the wine:

Opens up beautifully with ripe and pronounced notes of raspberries and cherry fruit. Elegant and sensual palate with juicy tannins, complex spices and a long, fresh aftertaste. Stunning!’

Available now through most of our importer/distributors…

 

LOS ANGELES 2017 February 12th.

We will be at Barker Hangar pouring the Tre Bicchieri winning Calcarole Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2011 as well as Pojega Valpolicella Ripasso Classico Superiore 2014 (Due Bicchieri Rossi) and our Valpolicella Classico (Due Bicchieri).

Information:
Barker Hangar
3021 Airport Ave
CA 90405, USA
Monday 13 February 2017 13:00
Contact
(213) 985-1011
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How do you improve a Cru vineyard? The answer is with a lot of care, maintenance and hard work and then on top of that a renovation!

That is exactly what we have done to the historic, Cru vineyard of Pojega in the heart of Negrar in Valpolicella.

The vineyard was replanted in 1978 in neat rows of high trellised vines (double Veronese pergola). Now, decades later, every year calls for regular work in the vineyard: the replacing of the supports, trimming of edges, replanting of spent vines.

However this year saw an even bigger project at Pojega. This year we removed all excess vegetation from the eastern side of the vineyard and made room for at least two new rows of  vines to be planted. Two rows that will run the entire length of the vineyard.

At the northern part of Pojega, by clearing and preparing the land, we have created space which will allow us to extend each row of vines by several metres.

In addition removing excess wild growth around the edges of the vineyards can help to improve the health of the vines themselves. Being sensitive pants grapevines proximity to other large plant growth can cause problems.

All of which means that Pojega vineyard –  from which comes both Villa Rizzardi Amarone Classico and Pojega Ripasso – will cover approximately an extra 1/3 of a hectare and one day those extra vines should be the source of over 2,000 bottles of much needed (as it runs out earlier and earlier every year!) Pojega Ripasso.

 

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The contrast between Pojega’s limestone and dark clay soils
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The northern part of Pojega cleared to extend the rows of vines
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The new space on the eastern side, the ground will be made ready for replanting in early spring

Once again we are very happy to share the latest award given to the new vintage of our flagship Calcarole Amarone.

The 2011 Calcarole Amarone has been awarded the top grade of 5 GRAPPOLI  by influential Italian wine guide Bibenda 2017.

Calcarole is made every year but only released if we believe the wine is up to the quality level which we seek for our top Cru.

The last vintage we released was the 2009, also a winner of 5 Grappoli.

Already the 2011 vintage has been awarded:

  • Tre Bicchieri – -Gambero Rosso 2017
  • Platinum Award – Merano Wine Awards 2016
  • Tre Super Stelle – I Vini di Veronelli 2016

We look forward to further positive reviews on the wine as it goes on general release.

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In its 87th edition the Bardolino Grape & Wine Festival attracts thousands of visitors every year. Set along the lakeshore, the festival is an arcade of stalls where visitors get the chance to sample a plethora of Bardolino wines from many of the region’s key producers. Alongside the wine there is plenty of food on offer and entertainment too.

 

Central to the festival is the annual prize giving in which a select number of wines and vineyards are awarded each year, vineyards or wines that have shown themselves to best the DOC’s finest. The awards are conferred upon the producers and wine estates by the Commune di Bardolino.

 

This year we are very pleased with a triple haul of gold medals, two of which were awarded to our vineyards and one to our Bardolino Classico DOC 2015.

It is particularly rewarding for us to see the vineyards (Tacchetto & our organic vineyard) come out on top and adding to lasts year’s vineyard award. Fitting well with our belief and philosophy, which centres on concentrating our efforts on the land and on the vines.

 

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Best vineyard for TACCHETTO
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Best wine for Bardolino Classico 2015
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Best vineyard for the our organic vineyard (under the name of Contessa Maria Cristina Loredan Rizzardi)


 

We are delighted to announce that CALCAROLE, our flagship, single vineyard Amarone has been awarded TRE BICCHIERI by the Gambero Rosso, Vini D’Italia 2017.

The award continues a run of successes of 9 Tre Bicchieri in the last 11 years

This come shortly after being awarded the highest level of a PLATINUM AWARD by Merano Wine Awards – one of only 22 wines out of  

In addition Calcarole 2011 already, last year,  was awarded the top level of 3 SUPER STELLE by I Vini di Veronelli

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MERUM, the specialist magazine on Italian wine which boasts a wide readership in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Italy has just completed a review of Bardolino wines.

Renowned wine journalist Andreas März tasted over 50 Bardolino reds, mostly from the 2015 vintage. The wines came from 45 different producers and of the 50 wines ten received the highest rating of 2 hearts.

We are delighted to say that two of those wines were from Guerrieri Rizzardi. The Bardolino Classico DOP 2015 and ‘Tacchetto’ Bardolino Classico DOP 2015 both achieved a 2 heart rating.

The 2015 will long be remembered as one of the region’s best in recent years and we are particularly happy our vineyard expression ‘Tacchetto’. We believe Tacchetto has the potential to age and as it develops to show a more complex side to Bardolino red wine.

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Often Amarone production is cited as one of the wine world’s most labour intensive processes and with good reason.

To get things right does take a lot of work from the handpicking, to hand selecting, to grape drying and constant reviewing of the dried grapes, to the long fermentation, blending, barrel aging. bottle ageing etc. etc.

But even before any of that starts there is work to be done and in our pursuit of wines that are pristine expressions of the vineyards, cleaning the very boxes the grapes are carried in is no mean task!

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Amarone grape drying boxes lined up waiting for cleaning

Although not as romantic as straw mats we made the switch several years ago to these white boxes, the choice was one of hygene, here everything shows up and can be cleaned away.

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White PVC boxes – hygienic and easy to clean

 

The next step is to wet the boxes, softening up the residue and getting them ready to enter the box washer.

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This pre-clean allows the automated ‘box washer’ to do its work

The ‘box washer’ is like a large powerful dishwasher and it successfully annihilates any residue left on our boxes

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The boxes are then stacked by hand and placed in columns then with the aid of the forklift they will be put aside in clean condition to await the first harvest, which this year – judging by the incredible sunshine  – could only be around 10 weeks away!

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Each box is checked for residue then hand stacked
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Ready for harvest!

 

This year we entered 2 of our wines into the Decanter World Wine Awards and are delighted to announce that both achieved medals.

The  2015 vintage (just released ) of our VALPOLICELLA CLASSICO picked up a solid silver while our 2015 vintage, Bardolino Classico from cru vineyard TACCHETTO was awarded a bronze.

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Ravei – week 6

A couple of days of rainfall, a couple of thunderstorms and temperatures soaring up over 27°C and Ravei has changed quite a bit in the last three weeks.

Excellent leaf development over the last 3 weeks
Excellent leaf development over the last 3 weeks

The vine growth has been excellent and the leaves are glossy and healthy and should these weather pattern continued for the early part of the summer then the young vines will be off to a very good start.

Ravei sits on a gentle slope that faces south west giving it good exposure to the afternoon sun, it is also quite sheltered, a little bit of a suntrap.As can be seen from the photograph below the vineyard is nestled between an ancient olive grove and in the foreground another vineyard.

Nesteled in between a 'Pergola' trained vineyard and an ancient olive grove
Nestled in between a ‘Pergola’ trained vineyard and an ancient olive grove

Here can be seen the contrast between the traditional ‘pergola’ trained vines and the neat rows of trellis posts which will eventually be used to ‘train’ the vines of Ravei in rows.

The advantages to us of this ‘single Guyot’ training system are numerous, not least is the equal, well displaced exposure to the sun that each vine will receive.

Near this vine can be seen some the classic 'moranic' smooth large pebbles, typical of good Bardolino terroir
Near this vine can be seen some of the classic ‘moranic’, smooth, large pebbles so typical of good Bardolino terroir