Buglioni 'Il Lussurioso' Riserva Amarone 2011
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" Inviting aromas of molten chocolate, plum cake, purple flower and baking spice take shape in the glass along with a whiff of underbrush. The dense palate offers blackberry extract, cassis, licorice and chewing tobacco alongside firm, fine-grained tannins. It finishes on a confectionery note. Drink 2018–2025. "

" Dark ruby-red in color with garnet shades. Intense and elegant aromas of ripe fruit, raisins and spices with vanilla, tobacco, cocoa and anise. Persistent, ... read more
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Item ID: #27196
Size: 750mL (wine)
Closure: Cork

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Wine Enthusiast 91
" Inviting aromas of molten chocolate, plum cake, purple flower and baking spice take shape in the glass along with a whiff of underbrush. The dense palate offers blackberry extract, cassis, licorice and chewing tobacco alongside firm, fine-grained tannins. It finishes on a confectionery note. Drink 2018–2025. "

" Dark ruby-red in color with garnet shades. Intense and elegant aromas of ripe fruit, raisins and spices with vanilla, tobacco, cocoa and anise. Persistent, warm flavors, velvety and harmonious. This is a wine for meditation — a protagonist on its own. It is traditionally paired with game, grilled beef, stew, braised meat and mature cheeses, however, the smoothness of its dry fruit allows for modern and daring pairing...have you ever tried it with raw prawns or scampi? Serve at 18 C (65 F). Open at least two hours before serving.

The year began with a long drought and hot weather in April, leading to early budbreak. The following months were rainy and temperatures remained below average until July. In August, it warmed up and the soil dried out quickly. The grapes ripened early and in smaller quantities than usual.

Dry, destemmed grapes were crushed and pressed in January. Fermentation was at a controlled temperature of 24 C (75 F). Extended maceration was for 25 days with daily pumpovers. Malolactic fermentation took place. The wine was aged 30 months in French oak barriques (20% new, 80% used) and 12 months in bottle before being released.

60% Corvina, 20% Corvinone, 10% Rondinella, 5% Croatina, 5% Oseleta " ~ Winery notes

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In June 1993, Alfredo Buglioni purchased an old farmhouse surrounded by 3.89 hectares (9.6 acres) of vineyards and 2 hectares (4.9 acres) of olive groves in Valpolicella Classico, northwest of Verona, Italy. Alfredo, his wife, Gabriella, son Mariano, and Mariano's family, had been living in a larger village, and were ready to move to the more-relaxing countryside in Corrubbio di San Pietro in Cariano, one of five villages that comprise the Valpolicella Classico region. After only two months in the Buglionis' new home, and without any knowledge of how to prune, harvest or store the precious wine grapes surrounding their farmhouse, the vineyards were ready to be harvested. Initially, each vintage was a joyous event shared with friends and collaborators, but soon the Buglionis' vision and passion allowed them to dream that they could become "real" winemakers.

In 2000 -- after renovating the farmhouse and its underground cellars -- the Buglionis turned to the prestigious Oenology Institute of San Michele all'Adiage in Trento, Italy, to find a young enologist to join them in their new adventure as wine producers. Diego Bertoni took up the challenge and is still their enologist today.

Valpolicella Classico

Valpolicella Classico is part of the larger Veneto wine region in northeastern Italy. It was the original Valpolicella region until it was given DOC status in 1968. Valpolicella Classico is located east of Lake Garda, and bordered to the north by the Monti Lessini foothills; because of this, some of the region's vineyards are at elevations ranging from 150 to 700 meters (500 to 2,300 feet); other vineyards in the region are located on fertile plains. Valpolicella Classico's climate is generally mild and temperate.

Vineyards

Today, Buglioni own 36 hectares (89 acres) of vines planted to the traditional indigenous varieties of Corvina, Corvinone, Rondinella, Molinara, Oseleta, Croatina and Garganega. The 14 hectares (34.6 acres) of vineyards planted near the winery are trained using the double pergola system, while the remaining vineyards in Sant'Ambrogio and San Pietro in Cariano are trained using the guyot system. The lightly textured, gravelly, dark alluvial soil, meticulous vine pruning, and scrupulous control techniques Buglioni employs ensure the production of high-quality grapes.

All grapes are hand-harvested late September into early October and only 40 percent of the harvested grapes are used to produce Buglioni's wines. A portion of the grapes are carefully selected and left to dry until late January in a winery in San Pietro in Cariano; these grapes are used to produce the most full-bodied and intense wines in the Buglioni portfolio -- L'Amarone, Il Bugiardo and Il Recioto. The remaining grapes are brought immediately to the winery in Corrubbio di San Pietro in Cariano for vinification. The cellar is divided into two areas: the first is where grapes are received, stocked, processed and the wine is bottled. The second room -- quiet and protected -- is where the wines are aged in small barrels and then left to mature slowly in bottle.

Vinification

According to winemaker Diego Bertoni, wine needs time to fully express itself; for this reason, Buglioni prefers that its wines are aged for a longer period of time in oak barrels or barriques, according to the potential of the grape -- the oak cannot be intrusive, but is present to add complexity to the wine.

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