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Speri Valpolicella Ripasso D.O.C. Classico Superiore 2017

A Twice-Refined Classic

The Valpo¬≠li¬≠cel¬≠la Ripas¬≠so (alter¬≠na¬≠tive¬≠ly Ripas¬≠so del¬≠la Valpo¬≠li¬≠cel¬≠la) is a mid-point between the Clas¬≠si¬≠co and Amarone ver¬≠sions of this love¬≠ly wine. Its body and com¬≠plex fla¬≠vor pro¬≠file make it stel¬≠lar with a wide range of foods.


This wine received its own DOC in 2009 for the unique tast¬≠ing notes it acquires by devi¬≠at¬≠ing from the Valpo¬≠li¬≠cel¬≠la Clas¬≠si¬≠co. After the first fer¬≠men¬≠ta¬≠tion process, the Clas¬≠si¬≠co wine is pressed all over again with the skins of the Amarone (par¬≠tial¬≠ly dried Valpo¬≠li¬≠cel¬≠la grapes). The result is a wine with an intense ruby col¬≠or, with aro¬≠mat¬≠ic notes of spice, cocoa, and red fruit. It is warm¬≠ing on the palate, bal¬≠anced by well-round¬≠ed tannins.


The Valpo¬≠li¬≠cel¬≠la Ripas¬≠so is some¬≠times called a Cal¬≠i¬≠for¬≠nia Caber¬≠net drinker‚Äôs gate¬≠way to Ital¬≠ian wines because it draws out the uma¬≠mi fla¬≠vor in food. Earthy risot¬≠tos and mush¬≠room-filled pas¬≠tas pair well with a glass or three. It is also a trusty com¬≠pan¬≠ion for hearty dish¬≠es like roast¬≠ed veal or lamb, or braised or bar¬≠be¬≠qued red meats like steak, sausage, and game. Ripas¬≠so also goes well with aged cheeses like Parmigiano-Reggiano. 


Valpo¬≠li¬≠cel¬≠la is a grape from Vene¬≠to. At the same time, it is an all-encom¬≠pass¬≠ing name for five dif¬≠fer¬≠ent wines‚ÄČ‚ÄĒ‚ÄČthree of which have their own con¬≠trolled des¬≠ig¬≠na¬≠tion of ori¬≠gin. Its name means ‚Äč‚Äúval¬≠ley of riv¬≠er deposits‚ÄĚ and because of this one prod¬≠uct, the area has earned the name ‚Äč‚Äúpearl of Verona‚ÄĚ. This was espe¬≠cial¬≠ly true in the 15th and 16th cen¬≠turies, when the Turk¬≠ish block¬≠ade around Venet¬≠ian ports made the peo¬≠ple of Italy focus more of their atten¬≠tion on local wines than those from abroad.

Storage Instructions

Store unopened red wines in a cool, dry, and dark place safe from con¬≠stant vibra¬≠tion. Keep your bot¬≠tle hor¬≠i¬≠zon¬≠tal in a wine rack or cel¬≠lar to retain the moist¬≠ness of the cork. The ide¬≠al tem¬≠per¬≠a¬≠ture for stor¬≠age is between 16 to 18¬įC. Once opened, a bot¬≠tle will be good for 3 to 5 days stand¬≠ing upright in the refrigerator.

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