2013 Zenato Valpolicella Classico Superiore Ripassa

Year: 2013
Appellation: Veneto
Country: Italy
Wine Spectator: 90
Wine Advocate: 88
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.1%
Price :
$16.95

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"An elegant Valpolicella, with fine tannins and fresh acidity layered with flavors of ripe black cherry, incense and orange zest. A rich hint of loamy earth lingers on the lasting finish. Drink now through 2021. 10,000 cases imported.–AN " (WS)

"The 2013 Valpolicella Ripasso Superiore Ripassa offers bold aromatic intensity with relatively subdued aromas of spice, tobacco and dried fruit. The fruit tones come forward as dried raspberry, cassis, plum and blackberry. Despite the full and generous nature of the bouquet, the mouthfeel is snappy and straight-shooting. It shows moderate intensity on the otherwise exaggerated scale of bold Ripasso wines. Bitter almond and sour cherry flavors appear on the close." (WA)

Winery Notes:
Wine Description:
This wine is a blend of 85% Corvina, 10% Rondinella, and 5% Oseleta. As soon as the dried grapes for the Amarone are fermented, selected batches of Valpolicella wine are “re-passed” over the Amarone lees, thus starting a second fermentation that slightly increases the alcohol content and gives the wine deeper color and more complex aromas. Ripassa is refined in tank for six months and then aged in French allier tonneaux for eighteen months. The wine spends an additional six months in bottle before it is released.

Tasting Notes:
Deep ruby-red in color, this wine shows intense aromas of blackberries and black currants underscored by aromas of spice pepper, and a hint of leather. On the palate, it is smooth and viscous with well-balanced acidity and alcohol.

Food Pairing:
Pair this wine with risotto, Lyonnaise sauces, beef negimaki, and rabbit ragu.