Ripasso Valpolicella Superiore DOC

VINTAGE
2013

APPELLATION
Valpolicella Superiore DOC

AREA
Valpolicella, Veneto

GRAPES
70% Corvina, 20% Rondinella, and 10% Molinara

VINIFICATION
The grapes are hand picked, crushed, and fermented, thus, preserving its fresh and young character. The grapes then undergo a cold pre-fermentation for approximately five days; total contact with the skins is maintained for about 20 days. By the time the skins are drawn off, the highly aromatic wine has obtained excellent color and structure. It is placed in cold storage for four months before undergoing the "ripasso" process, which entails fermenting the wine on Amarone must for a period of 20 days, resulting in increased color, aroma, body, and fruit flavor. Once the wine is prepared for aging, it matures for 18 months in casks and barrels, which adds complexity, structure and refinement. Afterwards it undergoes an additional month in the bottle before release.

COLOR
Intense ruby brightened by purple reflections

BOUQUET
Ample and remarkably complex with vinous tones; well-defined scents of cherries, mature plum, fig with notes of violet and dried tobacco against a tenuous background of dark chocolate

PALATE
Dry on the palate with a fine and harmonious balance, great strength, and a sturdy body; reveals stewed wild berries, smoking tobacco, and exotic spices, leads to plush and moderate tannins; demonstrates persistence and complexity on the palate

FOOD PAIRINGS
Perfect match for roasted meats and pasta with garlic sauce

SERVING TEMPERATURE
61°F - 64°F

ALCOHOL LEVEL
14%

BOTTLE SIZE
750 mL