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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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We are delighted to be in Prague on Thursday 28th of January, where from 12:00 to 20:00 we will be showing our wines at the spectacular Palác Žofín thanks to our importer 1er Wines.

We look forward to meeting old friends and new… it should be a great day’s tasting in a great setting.

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This coming weekend sees us in Washington DC alongside all 11 fellow members of the Amarone Families. Our wines will be on tasting in the morning in the Washington Marriott Wardman Park Hotel as part of the National Italian American Foundation’s (NIAF) 40th Anniversary Gala Weekend. The wines will be on tasting (in our case Villa Rizzardi Amarone Classico 2009) from 1:30pm to 3:00pm.

On the evening of Saturday the 17th approximately a thousand guests will attend the NIAF’s gala dinner, the dinner will be accompanied exclusively by wines from the Amarone families and it is sure to be a memorable evening.

Following this we will be present and pouring Calcarole Amarone Classico 2009 on Sunday the 18th in the Italian Embassy, Washington from 11:30 to 5pm. It promises to be a busy weekend and a great showcase for our Amarone

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Calcarole Amarone 2006 (Centenary, Limited Edition) was submitted to all the major Italian guides for their 2016 editions.

Vini Buoni d’Italia as usual is the first of those guides to announce its top wines –  Le Corone (The Crowns)  – and we are delighted to say that the 2006 Calcarole CE has received the top accolade of Un Corona.

This limited edition Amarone (3,333 bottles) spent an extra year in large oak and a total of three years in bottle before its due release date. It was released last year to mark the centenary of the modern company through of the union by marriage of  two historic winemaking families the Guerrieri and the Rizzardi. Calcarole 2006 CE has already picked up 93 points from Monica Larner for the Wine Advocate and 94 points from Marcus del Monego MW so this is a nice addition to its list of achievements.

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This year, on June 25th, we are delighted to be taking part in The Definitive Italian Wine Tasting in London.
Seen as one of the UKs most important Italian wine events and running for 17 years the event is attended by sommeliers, buyers, journalists and other key members of the UK wine trade.

We will be showing 6 of our wines at the New Generation Wines table:

Calcarole Amarone Classico 2009

Villa Rizzardi Amarone Classico 2009

Pojega Valpolicella Ripasso Superiore Classico 2012

Clos Roareti Veneto Merlot 2009

Munus Bardolino Superiore Classico 2012

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If you are in London, we hope you can come visit us at table No.35.

Thursday 25 June 2015
10.00 – 19.00 hrs
The Lindley Hall, Royal Horticultural Halls
Elverton St, London SW1P 2QW

WINE SPECTATOR

Villa Rizzardi Amarone Classico 2009 – 91 points

“A well-knit red, with lightly chewy tannins framing the subtle flavor range of plump cherry, black licorice drop, fresh forest floor and espresso crème. A hint of cocoa powder mixes with the sweet fruit on the finish. Drink now through 2025” (April 2015)

Soave Classico 2013 – 88 points

“Light-bodied and zesty, this fresh white offers a spicy streak of minerality and subtle notes of yellow apple, spring blossom and sliced almond, revealing a hint of beeswax on the finish. Drink now through 2018..” (April 2015)

WINE ADVOCATE

Calcarole Amarone Classico 2006 Centenary Edition – 93 points

“The 2006 Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Calcarole Centenary marks the 100th anniversary of Guerrieri Rizzardi in its modern form. One barrel of the 2006 Amarone Classico Calcarole was set aside to undergo an extra year of barrel aging. It then rested in bottles for three years before its release in 2014. The blend is roughly 70% Corvina, 20% Rondinella and 10% Barbera that sees a total of four years in wood. This celebratory wine is extremely elegant and fine with aged aromas of pressed fruit, cured meat, spice and licorice. Smooth tannins and bright acidity will help the wine age for ten more years.” (Monica Larner Feb.’15)

Calcarole Amarone Classico 2009 – 91 points

“The 2009 Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Calcarole opens to dark fruit layers, juicy berry flavors and loads of exotic spice and tobacco. The wine is comprised of 60% Corvina, 17% Corvinone, 10% Sangiovese, 10% Barbera and 3% Rondinella. This creative blend of indigenous Italian red grapes does not follow the traditional formula for Amarone. It does offer bright intensity, balanced acidity and pretty endnotes of pressed rose and violet. The terraced Calcarole vineyard has calcareous soils with a shallow substrata of rock.” (Monica Larner Feb.’15)

Villa Rizzardi Amarone Classico 2009 – 89 points

“The 2009 Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Villa Rizzardi is a dark and deeply concentrated wine with loads of dark fruit and spice that lift heavily from the bouquet. Thick streaks of pressed blackberry, cured meat, teriyaki and barbecue smoke run though this fleshy Amarone. The finish is dense, soft, chewy and slightly sweet.” (Monica Larner Feb.’15)

WINE ENTHUSIAST

Soave Classico 2013 – 88 points

“Floral scents of peach blossom, broom and a whiff of pear mingle in the glass. On the bright palate, toasted almond and aromatic herb give interest to the core of Golden Delicious apple and citrus. It’s refreshing and balanced with vibrant acidity.” (Kerin O’ Keefe 2015)