CLASSIFICATION. Dry Red Wine D.O.C..
GRAPES. Corvina Veronese, Corvinone, Rondinella.
VINIFICATION. Valpolicella Ripasso differs from a regular Valpolicella as it
undergoes a second fermentation at the end of December/beginning of January
after this wine is added to the skins of the Amarone that are still soaked in the
Amarone wine. This gives extra body and complexity to the wine.
PRODUCTION PROCESS. The grapes are harvested in mid September
and soft pressed, then fermented and macerated for about 10 days at a
temperature of 25 °C. After the fermentation the wine is separated from all
the solid parts (skins and seeds) and stored in stainless steel vats until end of
December beginning of January after which the wine is then poured onto the
skins of the Amarone and left to on the skin of the Amarone for about 4-5 days
at a temperature of 15 to 25 °C. The wine is then taken off the skins and aged
for 10 months in small French oak barrels and larger sized traditional barrels. The
wine is finally bottled in early spring after about 12 months ageing.
TOTAL ALCOHOL CONTENT. 14%.
TOTAL ACIDITY, IN TARTARIC ACID. 5.7 grams per liter.
SHELF LIFE. If the wine is stored correctly it can keep for 5 to 8 years.
COLOR. Intense deep ruby red.
NOSE. Fruity, of cherry, spicy with a touch of dark chocolate at the end.
TASTE. Soft, velvety with rounded tannins well balanced off with the acidity.
SERVE. To be served preferably at room temperature around 18 °C.
FOOD MATCHING. Grilled or roasted red meats. Goes well with hard
texture mature cheese.