Begali Lorenzo, Valpolicella
"If you can name but two producers in Valpolicella (I’m betting they are Dal Forno and Quintarelli), it’s now time to add a third: Lorenzo Begali." The Wine Advocate - Monica Larner
Begali Lorenzo blev anbefalet til os af Federico Scarzello. For ham var Begalis vine uden sammenligning de bedste fra Valpolicella. Ejendommen på 12 ha vinmarker blev grundlagt lige efter anden...
The Begali Lorenzo 2017 Amarone della Valpolicella Classico is a beautiful wine that shows ample ripeness, with balance. It shows elegant restraint, but it is also exuberant and fully loaded. Its opulent character is very much in line with the hot vintage and the basic promise of Amarone that always prioritizes big intensity and lots of brooding fruit. This estate opts for more Rondinella in the blend, clocking in at about 35%, with 60% Corvina and 5% other complementary grapes. Rondinella adds much of the darkness and the extra concentration you see here. It is aged in French tonneaux and botte for three years. The Lorenzo Begali house style offers oak contours and renderings with extra softness and textural density. - Monica Larner
Dark, rich and deeply seductive, the 2017 Amarone della Valpolicella Classico lifts up with notes of crushed blackberries, balsamic spice, smoke and lifting hints of mentholated herbs. It’s silky, coating the palate in glycerol-like textures contrasted by saturating black fruits, salty minerals and bitter cocoa. A fine layer of tannin clamps down hard, leaving only purple-tinged inner florals and hints of black licorice to resonate throughout. The 2017 does a wonderful job of straddling both the savory and sweet side of Amarone, but it will require a good amount of cellaring to fully flesh out. - Eric Guido
Medium bright red. Ripe red cherry, botanical herbs, and sweet pipe tobacco on the captivating nose. Delicate but precise flavors of red cherry, plum nectar and sweet spices, plus truly lovely sugar-acid-tannin balance in the mouth. Finishes smooth and long. Begali makes about 25,000 bottles of this wine a year (by comparison, he only made 10,000 in the very difficult 2014 vintage). This wine has 16% alcohol but you can hardly tell, as it’s so well balanced; it’s ready to drink now, but will easily last another decade in a good cellar. - Ian D'Agata