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Delighted to announce that once again Calcarole Amarone Classico has been  recognised as a TOP WINE IN THE CATEGORY  by  Vivino Wine Style Awards.

It is particularly nice to receive this award as it is a recognition from all those who buy and drink our wine. THANK YOU ALL !

 

2017: A complex and challenging but ultimately rewarding year for the wine harvest

In 2017, Nature reminded us that we do not always have ideal weather, with some frost, some rain, lots of sunshine, warm days and cool nights, yet we experienced perfect weather during the summer and a mild spell during harvest. After the early heat of March , the frost arrived damaging  the early ripening grapes in areas where the cold air was able to gather for several hours. Fortunately, this phenomenon affected us only moderately in the areas of Cavaion and Bardolino, less so in Soave, while the Valpolicella vineyards suffered only minimal damage. Nevertheless, production losses reached 60% in some of our Bardolino vineyards.
Although a number of hailstorms struck different areas in Bardolino and Cavaion and further reduced the harvest we were once again very fortunate in both Soave and Valpolicella as any damage caused by hail was quickly healed over by several days of very warm weather and the grapes were able  to dry and mature well. Despite the complexities of the vintage we have been able to produce excellent wines this year, especially in Valpolicella and Soave.

The Harvest in Bardolino

The harvest began on the 5th September with white Muscat, which was fifteen days later than in 2015 and five days later than in 2016; then the Chardonnay of Dolcè and Soave, and on 11th September the Sangiovese, which was allocated this year mostly to the production of Chiaretto. The younger Corvina and Rondinella vineyards were harvested early in the first half of the month to preserve the fruity and acid tastes. On 22nd September we then picked the Merlot, partially green harvested to limit the production of grapes destined for our Munus. The harvest of the best Cavaion Corvina vineyards ended on 27th September, followed by the vineyards of Garganega and Marcobona of Cavaion.

The yield was low, largely due to the April frosts, but the quality was good, and so we are therefore pleased with the satisfactory end result.

 

The Harvest in Soave

Here the harvest in 2017 began with Chardonnay on 31st August, slightly earlier than in 2016. These grapes were harvested in the early morning, between 3 and 7.30a.m., to avoid the high daytime temperatures and ensure ideal fermentation at temperatures below a maximum of 15-16°C. Unfortunately, due to the April frosts few of the best grapes were produced.

From 13th-16th September we collected the Garganega grapes destined for the supply of Soave wine, and weather conditions were excellent while from 10th-12th of the following month we harvested the then fully ripe Garganega grapes from our best vineyards, which are restricted only to the production of our Costeggiola and Ferra wines. These vineyards had previously been partially defoliated to increase the exposure of the grapes to air and light and thus cause ideal ripening.

Again it was a good vintage in Soave.

 

The Harvest in Negrar (Valpolicella)

These grapes were harvested between 6th and 22nd September, and they benefited from  sunny weather, drying quickly in our “fruttaio” (a well fenestrated drying room) with its good air circulation. We picked some 18,000 boxes of grapes in a vintage that was once again, for the third consecutive year, very positive.

This harvest accounts for about one third of our grape production, made up of 45% Corvina, 21% Rondinella and 13% Corvinone, with small percentages of Barbera, Sangiovese and Molinara. All the grapes matured well, but especially the Corvinone.

Fresh Merlot grapes were harvested from 15th September in Rovereti, and between 18th and 28th September we harvested Corvinone, Corvina and Rondinella grown in Rovereti, Tomenighe and Calcarole. Between 29th September and 7th  October we picked the grapes from the old “pergola” ( trellised vine) of Pojega, which produced a great and abundant harvest in contrast to 2016.

The production of Valpolicella and Ripasso was of high quality and abundant.

However, the summer drought somewhat impaired the Merlot, for the water stress somewhat slowed the maturation of the fruit.

Overall this year it was an excellent vintage in Negrar.

December 2017

 

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We are delighted to say that this is the third vintage in a row that our flagship, single vineyard Amarone Classico Calcarole has been awarded the top prizes from both Gambero Rosso Vini d’Italia and the Guida Bibenda.

Both the vintages preceding this also won double honours:

2013 Calcarole Amarone della Valpolicella Classico: TRE BICCHIERI Gambero Rosso / 5 GRAPPOLI – Bibenda

2012 – Calcarole not made

2011 Calcarole Amarone della Valpolicella Classico: TRE BICCHIERI Gambero Rosso / 5 GRAPPOLI – Bibenda

2010 – Calcarole not made

2009 Calcarole Amarone della Valpolicella Classico: TRE BICCHIERI Gambero Rosso / 5 GRAPPOLI – Bibenda

The wine will be available to taste through a number of events throughout the rest of this year and in 2018 – we will update where and when here on NEWS.

 

 

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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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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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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