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Zenato Valpolicella Superiore Ripassa 2011

Zenato Valpolicella Superiore Ripassa 750ML 2011      
Sku: 18997

Zenato gives the name “Ripassa” to this wine, which shares many of the characteristics of our Amarone. As soon as the fermentation is completed of the dried grapes for the Amarone, selected lots of Valpolicella are then “re-passed” on the Amarone pomace, thus initiating a second fermentation which increases slightly the alcoholic content and gives the wine deeper colour, increased extract, and more complex aromas. After 6 months’ bottle-ageing, the result is a rounded, velvet-textured wine with rich, complex aromas of berries and an impressively lengthy finish that seems to linger forever. Ripassa represents one of the most important milestones in Zenato’s winemaking evolution.

Tasting notes
Colour: deep ruby red. Bouquet: intense, elegant and persistent. Palate: harmonious and velvety, with a good structure.

 Wine & Spirits 88 points
With the trademarked name ””Ripassa,”” the 2011 Valpolicella Ripasso Superiore Ripassa is a double-fermented wine that marries Valpolicella and Amarone grape pomace. This edition shows some of the heat of the vintage with dark fruit tones, blackberry jam and soft tannins. It should drink well for up to five or six more years.

Wine maker notes
The deep ruby red color of the Ripassa, and the intense yet fine aromas come from the mixture of grapes. It is full bodied, harmonic, and velvety on the palate. Recommended with grilled meat dishes, Ripassa is excellent with rabbit casserole. This blockbuster wine is one of Winebow's alltime favorites. The 2008 Valpolicella Classico Superiore is a beautiful wine that bursts from the glass with exuberant dark fruit, cloves and chocolate. This shows none of the hard edges, herbaceousness or dilution that is typical of so many Valpolicellas in this price range.

Food pairing
excellent companion to game dishes, grilled meat and roasts, salami and aged cheeses

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Country: Italy
Region: Veneto
Sub-Region: Valpolicella
Grape Varietal: Red Italian Blend
Type: Still wine
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