From the Cellar

Brigaldara 2001 Valpolicella Classico (Italy)

16 Oct 2019

Brigaldara 2001 Valpolicella Classico


(August 12, 2019) ... Wow, I did not expect this ... that opening sounds like the first line of every "Penthouse Forum" letter ever written (or so I am told) and here is where I move away from that typical script ... but what a lovely bit of wine making this was (or is). When I pulled out this 18 year old Valpolicella Classico I truly had little to no hope, but thought it would be an interesting experience and an experiment, but wow, this one is still very drinkable and enjoyable at that:  leathery and dried dark fruit have taken over (as to be expected really), there's also some oaky notes and the fruit continues on that dry route, seemingly getting drier the longer it is open. A slight pruning does develop the further into the wine we get and the longer it is open and a touch of sherry does begin you show through within about 30-40 minutes but it seems to be backed by good spice and acidity, that makes the mouth pucker and I still say "wow". After an hour the whole thing smooths out and the rough edges seem to relax, but there remains that surprising zippy spice and constantly cleansing acidity to bring everything into focus.


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