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Begali, Valpolicella Ripasso, La Cengia, 2018

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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. La Cengia is the name of the subzone of Valpolicella where the vineyard for this wine lies.

Begali, Valpolicella Ripasso, La Cengia, 2012

Product Code: BEF218

Stone, Vine & Sun rating

Medium Bodied

Rated 3 out of 5
Light > Full
  • Origin: Italy
  • Region: Veneto
  • Vintage: 2018
  • Colour: Red
  • Bottle Size: 75cl
  • ABV: 14.5%
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The 2018 is again superb. Smoky aroma. Plentiful black cherry flavour, not raisiny but enticingly bittersweet. Savoury, with refreshing bite; elegant and long. Now-2023

The Begali family is one of the founding members of Le Famiglie Storiche, the historic families of Amarone, an association formed in 2009 to promote high quality Amarone, with its own high standards for production. 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 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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