Tinazzi Valpolicella Ripasso Superiore 2018: Veneto, Italy

Grapes: Corvina/Corvinone/Rondinella

Region/History Notes: Veneto, Italy is home to the famous “Amarone” wine, a specific style of wine made from grapes that have been dried out for at least 12 weeks until they become raisins. Valpolicella Ripasso is made from the same grape types but not fully raisinated. Instead, the wine is “passed over” the used grape skins (pomace) of the Amarone wine for 10-12 days, giving it some of the intensity of Amarone, but keeping the wine in a fresher style. This process is called “Ripasso,” and "Superiore" indicated extra aging of the wine before bottling as well as a minimum alcohol content.

Tasting Notes: Dark plums, smoke, new leather, cooked herbs, black cherries, raspberries, and red flowers are just a few of the flavors in this wine! There is so much flavor packed in this wine, it is hard to list everything! It is elegant and powerful all at the same time. Pair with any grilled meat, heavier pastas, short ribs, or stews. If you like light, soft, delicate wines- this is not for you. If you like power and muscle in your wines, order lots!

 

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