2013 Buglioni Amarone della Valpolicella Classica L’Amarone

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About the Wine

Amarone lovers are squirming in their seats at the prospect of loading up on Buglioni –a real-deal, molten chocolate-style Amarone that can ruin you for every other wine. Their unique vineyard provides superb, savory fruit and a complex, velvety mouthfeel. Buglioni’s secret is using Amarone’s forgotten original recipe – and aging it extra-long until the texture is pure perfection. A wine of such expressive decadence that everyone deserves this experience!

Blend: 60% Corvina, 20% Corvinone, 10% Rondinella, 5% Croatina, 5% Oseleta
Vineyards: Vineyards in Sant’Ambrogio, Cariano
Cooperage: 24 months in 20% new French barrique, then 12 months in bottle
ABV: 16.4%

About the Winery

In June 1993, Alfredo Buglioni purchased an old farmhouse surrounded by vineyards and olive groves in Valpolicella Classico, northwest of Verona, Italy. After only two months in the Buglionis’ new home, and without any knowledge of
how to prune, harvest or store the precious wine grapes surrounding their farmhouse, the vineyards were ready to be harvested. Initially, each vintage was a joyous event shared with friends and collaborators, but soon the Buglionis’ vision and passion allowed them to dream that they could become “real” winemakers. In 2000 — after renovating the farmhouse and its underground cellars — the Buglionis turned to the prestigious Oenology Institute of San Michele all’Adige in Trento, Italy, to find a young enologist to join them in their new adventure as wine producers. Diego Bertoni took up the challenge and is still their enologist today.


This wine has serious tannins, even in the massive Amarone context, and you’ll have to go for them to find this exciting. Plenty of prune, bitter-chocolate and clove character. Long, intense, dry finish of some complexity. Drink or hold. ~92JS

Enticing aromas of cassis, cocoa and underbrush lead the nose. The dense palate offers blackberry jam, tobacco and licorice alongside firm, polished tannins. Drink 2019–2026. ~91WE

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