October 2015 Selection

Seduced by Valpolicella

October 2015 Selection

Castellani Ripasso Costamaran 2012 (2 bottles)
Masi Campofiorin 2012 (2 bottles)
Brigaldara Amarone Classico 2011 (2 bottles)

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Having Romeo and Juliet's city as a reference point, the Valpolicella region unfolds to the north of Verona and encompasses quite an array of old-time favourite flavours within its hills of olive groves, cherry orchards and vineyards. Here, in one of Italy's most important wine-producing regions, some of its most famous denominations have also grown up, and among them, the Ripasso, giving a versatile and well-balanced wine that proves irresistible, and the Amarone, really appealing and not only powerful but equally velvety too.

This month, Club Italvinus features a land where tradition and modernity go hand in hand. You'll get to know the Valpolicella region with three of the wines that best represent it: the first, a Ripasso produced by a small family-run winery, much admired all over the world for its versatility, and made using a distinctive process in which the wine is re-fermented on the skins and lees of a Recioto or Amarone; the second, the Campiofiorin Masi, another name that needs no introduction, made by a very old winery which reflects Venice's wine-making evolution; and in conclusion, to sample slowly and at the right temperature, an Amarone Classico, an essential wine for appreciating the thorough nobility of Verona's hills... You're sure to be won over by our selection this month: a direct hit from the heart of Valpolicella.

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Castellani Ripasso Costamaran 2012 (2 bottles)

Red. Castellani Michele & Figli Valpolicella Ripasso, Italy Corvina, Corvinone, Rondinella, Molinara

Bottle: £11.30 club members / £12.84 non-members

The Castellani winery is a little gem operational since 1945. At present it's Sergio Castellani and his family, his wife and children, who have dedicated themselves to keeping it on top form which they do with great passion and endless enthusiasm.

In addition to possessing vineyards of considerable merit, Castellani pays special attention to the harvest and its grape selection and, once inside the actual winery, to a vinification and ageing process which incorporates the latest technology and the most traditional methods. From this perfect partnership of history and innovation come forth wines that succeed in interpreting the Valpolicella territory with both sincerity and modernism.

The Ripasso Costamaran is made in the traditional way for this type of wine: from the indigenous varieties Corvina, Corvinone, Rondinella and Molinara, originating from a vineyard located in the heart of the Valpolicella region, and it undergoes a second fermentation on the skins and lees of an Amarone. By means of this special vinification, a wine is obtained that has greater intensity without affecting the light-bodied character natural to Valpolicella wines. After this second fermentation, there follows an ageing period of 18 months in large-sized Slavonian oak barrels.

The end result is a wine appearing a deep ruby-red colour with garnet glints. On the nose, it emerges sweet and generous, exuding aromas of cherry liqueur, poached plums, tobacco, leather and spices. It is very satisfying on the palate, with plenty of verve, balanced as regards its sweetness and freshness and... perilously easy to drink.

Roasted poultry

  • Alcohol content: 14,0%
  • Optimum serving temperature: Between 16ºC and 18ºC

Castellani Ripasso Costamaran 2012
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Masi Campofiorin 2012 (2 bottles)

Red. Masi Agricola Veronese, Italy Corvina, Rondinella, Molinara

Bottle: £9.02 club members / £10.25 non-members

Campofiorin is a lovely pleasant wine that slips down so readily and casually, but which has a long history behind it. Founded in 1964 by the genius of Guido Boscaini, the Masi installations brought forth the first wine to be obtained using the ripasso technique (a re-fermentation of the wine on the skins and lees of an Amarone). The wine resulting from this ingenious process manages to combine the Valpolicella's immediacy and simplicity with the Amarone's structure and powerfulness. Therein this happy medium lies the virtue of Campofiorin, well-illustrated by the 25 million bottles sold worldwide.

The ideal companion to a typically Italian aperitif, consisting of shavings of Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese and spicy olives, but also an excellent choice to accompany pasta dishes with a meat sauce or roast meats served as a main course. As its striking ruby-red colour seems to indicate, Campofiorin is a feisty, lively wine. On the nose, it offers cherry, blackberry, plum and sweet spice aromas, which are complemented by other more savoury notes of humus and liquorice. Rounded and with plenty of body, on the palate it reveals fine, polished tannins and considerable freshness. It has a smooth and satisfying flavour, with an enveloping finish that lingers on in a pleasantly fruity touch.

Pasta with bolognese sauce

  • Alcohol content: 13,0%
  • Optimum serving temperature: Between 16ºC and 18ºC

Masi Campofiorin 2012
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Brigaldara Amarone Classico 2011 (2 bottles)

Red. Brigaldara Amarone della Valpolicella, Italy Corvinone, Corvina, Rondinella

Bottle: £22.67 club members / £25.76 non-members

The Brigaldara winery is located right in the heart of the so-called Valpolicella Classico region, where it comprises 50 hectares of vineyards and olive groves.

The Brigaldara Amarone Classico distinguishes itself from other wines within the same category due to its complexity, style and elegance. The grapes which are used in its making, extremely rich in sugar and polyphenols, come from the winery's vineyards, very low-yielding, but enjoying superb sun exposure and grown on fertile soils mainly composed of clay.

Brigaldara Amarone Classico arises from a careful grape selection which is then followed by a very rigorous drying process that lasts for 120 days. The wine subsequently ages in barrels and 25-hectolitre oak casks for three years.

A dark ruby-red colour with garnet flecks, the velvety smoothness of its aromas is a highlight on the nose: blackberry jam, rose petals, exotic spices, (cinnamon, vanilla, cayenne pepper) and tobacco, on a balsamic eucalyptus background. A complex bouquet in which every scent discreetly maintains its fragrance.

With a profound flavour and distinctive smoothness, it reveals fine tannins and a notable alcohol content that is offset by its freshness. Energetic and charming, simultaneously refined and powerful, perfectly balanced... In short, unmissable.

  • Alcohol content: 17,0%
  • Optimum serving temperature: Between 18ºC and 20ºC

Brigaldara Amarone Classico 2011
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