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Begali, Valpolicella Ripasso, La Cengia, 2016

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2/3 Corvina and 1/3 Rondinella, crafted in the Ripasso style by which the wine is left on the skins of the desiccated grapes used after the production of Amarone for about 10-12 days to promote a second fermentation, giving enhanced texture and alcohol. Again superb, not raisiny but enticingly bittersweet, dancing with black cherry and brambly flavours, elegant and long. Now-2023

Begali, Valpolicella Ripasso, La Cengia, 2012

Product Code: BEF216

Stone, Vine & Sun rating

Medium Bodied

Rated 3 out of 5
Light > Full
  • Origin: Italy
  • Region: Veneto
  • Vintage: 2016
  • Colour: Red
  • Bottle Size: 75cl
  • ABV: 14%
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The Begali family - father Lorenzo, son Giordano and daughter Tiliana - farm 10 hectares just east of Lake Garda. Although small, this is a top Valpolicella estate, having won numerous Tre Bicchieri awards in Gambero Rosso, but with very fair pricing.

We also offer examples of the famed Amarone style, made from selected bunches of grapes dried in the autumn to concentrate the sugars and dry extract. In this country Amarone is often drunk to accompany hard cheese at the end of a meal (and it’s great with well-aged cheddar) but in Verona you find restaurants serving it by the carafe to accompany red meats. It’s a stunning and unique style.

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