Valpolicella Ripasso DOC Superiore “Ripassa” by Zenato Winery
“Ripassa” is the name of the famous Valpolicella Superiore Ripasso from the Zenato winery: an elegant and complex wine, linked to the ancient practice of “Ripassare” (2nd fermentation with Amarone pomace) the best expressions of Valpolicella. It is one of the most representative and important wines of the Zenato family, the culmination of over half a century of experimentation in the vineyard and in the cellar.
Valpolicella “Ripassa” is born from the typical grapes of Corvina, Rondinella and Oseleta, vinified and macerated in steel for 10-12 days. The wine thus produced is separated from the skins and then stored in steel until the month of January, when the dried Amarone grapes are pressed. At this point the Valpolicella is “Ripassato”, that is, placed in contact with the Amarone pomace for 7-8 days, during which it ferments a second time, enriching itself with aromas and fragrances, structure and alcohol content. The production process culminates by an aging of 18 months in tonneaux and at least 6 in the bottle.
Zenato’s Valpolicella Superiore Ripasso “Ripassa” is an intense and full-bodied wine, soft and velvety, with the unmistakable and juicy hints of ripe red fruits and a rich and long taste, with good sapidity and structure. A red wine to pair with savory meat dishes, cured meats and aged cheeses; a wine that one would never stop drinking. In fact, his name seems a pleasant invitation to continue: “Review”.
Color: Intense ruby red
Scent: Intense, rich and elegant, with notes of wild berries, forest spices, cocoa and balsamic herbs
Taste: Structured, soft, warm, savory and velvety, with intense hints of red fruits and sweet spices