Valpolicella ripasso, italian for keeps
Valpolicella Ripasso is an Italian red wine created through a unique production process using the very same grapes employed in Amarone and Recioto (primarily Corvina, Corvinone and Rondinella). According to the singular technique for this Valpolicella wine, the pomace pressed softly for the two most famous Veneto varieties is reused, or “ripassato“, and added to containers of Valpolicella, where it rests for 10-15 days.
The result is a high quality Italian red wine, with moderate alcohol content, at least compared to its more prestigious cousins. Bright red in color, tending towrds brick with age, it has a pleasant nose and a smooth, structured, full body. It is ideal accompanied with meat, wild game roasts, cheeses, or even on its own.
The producing area for Valpolicella Ripasso DOC is limited to the province of Verona, and comes in three types: Classico, Superiore and Valpantena, if produced in the little valley of this name. Don’t let tasting the less expensive Ripasso masterpiece pass you by.