Valpolicella Ripasso Doc Superiore “Marchesa Mariabella” by Massimago
The Valpolicella Ripasso Superiore “Marchesa Mariabella” is a wine that exemplifies the precise and intentional winemaking philosophy of Camilla Rossi Chauvenet, who leads the Massimago winery with passion and expertise. This wine is characterized by its refreshing nature, which is deliberately emphasized in its production process. Its complex profile blends seamlessly with a touch of savoriness and a mix of lively and vibrant aromas, creating a truly remarkable sensory experience.
The Valpolicella Ripasso Superiore “Marchesa Mariabella” is made from a blend of red grape varieties that are typical of the Venetian territory, including Corvina, Corvinone, and Rondinella. These grapes are grown using the Guyot system in vineyards located near Mezzane di Sotto, at about 180 meters above sea level. The terroir in this region is characterized by mainly clayey and marly soils, which contribute to the wine’s unique flavor profile.
During the production process, the must ferments in stainless steel tanks, undergoing a rather prolonged maceration to extract maximum flavor and complexity. After a few months, the fresh must is refermented by adding the Amarone pomace, resulting in a unique and rich flavor. The final refinement lasts for 12 months both in barriques and tonneaux made of French oak, imparting a distinct and refined character to the wine.
This “Marchesa Mariabella” is a Valpolicella Ripasso Superiore that impresses with its bright ruby red color, which is a testament to its exceptional quality. The nose is fragrant and enticing, with notes of small red berries, spices, and a subtle hint of cloves. On the palate, it is medium-bodied, broad, and round, with a harmonious fresh sip that reveals a delightful and complex character. The tannins are soft and savory, offering a gentle and pleasant drinking experience.
Overall, the Valpolicella Ripasso Superiore “Marchesa Mariabella” is a wine that combines immediacy and authenticity, making it a truly unique and exceptional product. It is an excellent choice for those who appreciate the art of winemaking and the beauty of a well-crafted wine. It is a label that holds great potential for aging, allowing it to evolve and mature further over time, offering delightful surprises for years to come.