RIPASSO CLASSICO 2007
Marks & Spencer
MIXED CASE OF 6 £45.00
Valpolicella is typically made from a trio of grapes namely Corvina, Rondinella and Molinara. These grapes are grown on vines situated near Lake Garda in the province of Verona. This particular wine is made in the Veneto area in the South West. I have just returned from driving around Italy and seen the vineyards and stunning countryside for myself.
Classico generally indicates it is wine from the central and best areas of its region.
Ripasso is a method of wine making which involves adding unpressed skins from dried grapes that have been used to make young valpolicella wines and this gives it a slight raisin taste. It also has a fine dusting of tannins.
I found the wine to be medium to full bodied, pale plum in colour with a hint of bitter dark chocolate, slightly musky and nutty similar to the Touraine wines from the Loire Valley, France.
The bottle is made from 70% recycled glass and the label gives the impression of class, although I found this wine quite disappointing. It is best drunk as a young wine, within 18 months of purchase.
I had the wine with Lasagne but feel it would better compliment a roast or meaty stew.
I did not find it particularly a memorable or excitable wine so will only give it 6.5/10.