There are more ‘Ripasso’ wines appearing on our shelves these days. The Ripasso method gives the Valpolicella DOC wines a lift of flavour complexity and fruit weight by giving the must contact with the skins of the just finished fermenting grapes of an Amarone wine. Grapes that had already been made more powerful from being left to shrivel before their first ferment to produce an Amarone wine.
Even with just 20 days on those Amarone skins, this wine has developed a smoky charcuterie note to the cherry chocolate, tobacco and sage aromas. It has also gained extra weight to the body and powdery grip to the tannins. The finish of the wine is more shapely, long and savoury than it would have been as a non-ripasso wine.
There is a lot going on here for the price and it is a good match for a tasty ragu or if you prefer a lamb roast with all the trimmings. However, it is just as good matched with a good company in front of a fire place.
Quickie review «An emboldened Valpolicella with its cherry chocolate depths lifted by tobacco and sage. A good quaffer»
Country of Origin: Valpolicella Classico DOC, Italy
Tasting Date: December 2018
Price: UK£10 | €8.5 | US $19
Needs food: no
Source: own purchase
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