Ripasso = reopassed. Ripasso = yummy. The spent grape skins from Amarone production are reused and pressed again with the fresh grapes used in Valpolicella production. The result is a "baby Amarone" of sorts. It has a handful of Amarone, paired with the lightness of Valpolicella.
Review: The wine has a gorgeous ruby hue and bright aromas of sweet dried raspberry and tart cherries; savory smoked meat; and herbal notes of bay leaf, thyme, and violets. The palate shows moderate acidity, slightly spirity alcohol, and ripe, fine grained tannin. I love the flavors of this wine: red currant jam, salty cured Iberico ham, lavender, graphite, wet leaves, and bitter cocoa. So many layers! The finish is medium in length, bringing you back for another sip.
Food Pairing: Hard cheeses and spicy salumi.
Bottom Line: The Amerigo Vespucci is definitely worth exploring! Ripe, savory, balanced, and delicious.
- VINTAGE: 2011
- PLACE: Valpolicella Ripasso DOC (Denominazione di Origine Controllata)
- GRAPES: Corvina, Rondinella, Molinara
- BOOZE: 13.5%
- CELLAR: Drink now through 2017
Where did I get it? Vienna Vintner
What's the damage? High Priced