Wines to Seek Out
Buglioni “L’Imperfetto” Valpolicella Classico Superiore
Buglioni’s wines all have tongue-in-cheek vanity names. If admitting that this wine is imperfect sounds like a way of lowering the bar, think again. This wild and playful wine is reminiscent of thorny things — rosehips and berry patches mostly. It also have pronounced savory edges, which I find enticing. Perhaps that makes it “imperfect” in the land of point-chasing extraction and heavy hitting, but if I’m drinking wine with a pasta course, it better perform like this instead.
Buglioni “Il Bugiardo” Valpolicella Ripasso
The story goes that this wine is called “The Liar” because a wine connoisseur was convinced it was actually an Amarone and he accused Mariano Buglioni of being a liar. However, this wine is far too versatile and sleek to be an Amarone. Rather, it falls into the Goldilocks territory (“this one is just right”) that the ripasso category does so well.
Buglioni “Il Lussurioso” Amarone della Valpolicella
The Lustful is an apt vanity name for this hedonistic yet refined Amarone that works surprisingly well with a variety of cuisine. Conjuring up thoughts of raisins, coffee, leather and petrichor on the nose, its aromas alone make it my favorite Amarone.
Buglioni “Il Narcisista” Recioto della Valpolicella
Blueberries, mint and black truffles. These things came to mind when I tasted The Narcissist, a decadent and seductive recioto that could easily be called The Lustful, Part 2.