Luigi Righetti Amarone Della Valpolicella Hrzn 2007
Luigi Righetti is a family-run winery in the heart of Valpolicella Classico in the Veneto, Italy. The operation is now in its 5th generation since its beginnings at the turn of the 20th century. They are dedicated to producing high quality but affordable examples of classic regional styles such as Valpolicella and Amarone.
Tasted this as an alternative to the 2007 Rionda Amarone by the glass pour. I've had several vintages of this Righetti Amarone and the 2007 doesn't measure up. Something about the finish seemed very off. Several others agreed. Having said that it was bigger and richer than the Rionda, which would hardly make a good Ripasso...If you are looking for the Righetti Amarone, you can likely find another vintage in your city. Try 2006 or the new 2008 is actually quite delicious.
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Located in Valgatara, right in the heart of the Valpolicella Classico zone, the Luigi Righetti estate has been a family run winery since 1909. Gian Maria Righetti is the fourth generation in the Righetti family to carry on the wine-making tradition. For this bold Amarone all of the grapes are sourced from their Capitel de Roari Estate vineyard. 60% Corvina, 30% Rondinella and 10% Molinara are dried on straw mats for three months before crushing. After fermentation the wine is aged two years in Slavonian oak casks. Full-bodied with an array of nutty, spicy and tangy aromas and rich earthy, smoky flavors that linger on the finish.
This is Righettis reserve Amarone. The name "Capitel deRoari" is derived from the local way to say "many oaks" and refers to the various plots of vineyards where grapes are obtained for the famous "Capitel deRoari" Amarone Classico. The vineyards, which are situated on the finest hills of the Valpolicella Classico, are well cultivated, limited in production and high in quality. The land, rich in clay and sun, is a key element that encourages concentration of sugar and flavour.
Weinrote Farbe mit feinen Reifereflexen. Würzig, feine Teenoten, pflaumiger Untergrund, sehr aromatisch. Im Gaumen eine wunderschöne Extraktsüsse, die sich verteilt im eleganten Finale.
Spice on a light bouquet is the calling card of this more elegant wine. The nose offers cinnamon, cedar and herbs in addition to red-berry scents. The palate is refined and precise, although not particularly deep or dense. Slightly piquant and made more for the dinner table than for fireside engagement.
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