The Antiche Terre Venete Valpolicella Ripasso Superiore appers an intense deep ruby red color in the glass. The nose if fruity with notes of cherry, spicy with a touch of dark chocolate at the end. The palate is soft and velvety with rounded tannins well balanced off with the acidity.
Pair with grilled or roasted red meats. Goes well with hard texture mature cheese.
A blend of Corvina Veronese, Corvinone, and Rondinella
Valpolicella Ripasso differs from a regular Valpolicella as it undergoes a second fermentation at the end of December/beginning of January after this wine is added to the skins of the Amarone that are still soaked in the Amarone wine. This gives extra body and complexity to the wine.
The grapes are harvested in mid September and soft pressed, then fermented and macerated for about 10 days at a temperature of 25 °C. After the fermentation the wine is separated from all the solid parts (skins and seeds) and stored in stainless steel vats until end of December beginning of January after which the wine is then poured onto the skins of the Amarone and left to on the skin of the Amarone for about 4-5 days at a temperature of 15 to 25 °C. The wine is then taken off the skins and aged for 10 months in small French oak barrels and larger sized traditional barrels. The wine is finally bottled in early spring after about 12 months ageing.