Guerrieri Rizzardi 3 Cru Amarone Classico DOCG
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PRODUCER: In 1913, with the union of the two families the name Guerrieri-Rizzardi was created, and the first vintage with that label was in 1914. After the second world war Count Antonio Rizzardi managed and developed the farms, moving from polyculture to growing grapes in a more progressive way. The Soave estate was purchased in the 1970s and included the cellar located in the rural village of Costeggiola, where the grapes from our vineyards are still vinified. Upon the death of Antonio in 1983, his wife Maria Cristina Rizzardi Loredan found herself managing the entire business, which she expanded with new vineyards and wines, applying the concept of ‘Cru’ as a mark of quality that was restricted to a well-defined vineyard. She became President of the Garda Oil Protection Consortium in 1984, and obtained the recognition of the extra virgin olive oil in Garda DOP and in 2010 she was awarded Cavaliere del Lavoro by the President of the Italian Republic.
WINEMAKING: Amarone is made from grapes selected by hand from our three CRU vineyards, in the commune of Negrar (Calcarole Pojega & Rovereti). Corvina 45%, Rondinella 20%, Corvinone 20%, Barbera 9%, Sangiovese 6% grapes were naturally dried in small crates in the old drying rooms of Pojega, for 3-5 months. Alcoholic fermentation in stainless steel of the destemmed grapes, around one month at 25°C – 30°C followed by malolactic fermentation in oak barrels. 12 months in 2.25 hl oak barrels + 24 months in 25 hl oak barrels.
TASTING NOTES: The 2018 is one of those rare vintages in which all the Calcarole and Villa Rizzardi made was After 3 years ageing eventually blended into 3CRU, making a challenging vintage into a great one for this Amarone.
Match to rich stews and casseroles, games dishes and also with grill/barbecue fare.