Ripasso Valpolicella Classico 2007

Posted 25th November 2010        

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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.


One Response to “Ripasso Valpolicella Classico 2007”

  1. Quick question for you,
    Do you do a personalised lable for a botlle of valpolicella,
    ie. Name and either a message or birthdate or age of the person concerned, I’m looking for a good bottle for a 50th birthday in a weeks time

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Julie & Neil Swift
This wine was reviewed by Julie and Neil Swift, both 51 years of age, and we have just had our first grandchild Zak. We live in the beautiful Peak District. Julie is the main wine taster as she was the daughter of a publican, learning to appreciate good wines from an early age. Neil has worked in the same place as a Lab Technician for the past 35 years, he was a football referee but now spends his Saturdays assessing referees. We are a very sociable couple who enjoy hosting and going to parties (most weekends!). My how time and taste buds have moved on from the Liebfraumilch days, although we believe it is making a comeback. Julie has collected menus and recipes from the 1970’s to the present day, the price of a bottle of Italian Pinot Grigio was £3.40 in 1978 in Topo Gigios restaurant in London.