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Speri Valpolicella Ripasso D.O.C. Classico Superiore 2017 75cl

A Twice-Refined Classic

The Valpo­li­cel­la Ripas­so (alter­na­tive­ly Ripas­so del­la Valpo­li­cel­la) is a mid-point between the Clas­si­co and Amarone ver­sions of this love­ly wine. Its body and com­plex fla­vor pro­file make it stel­lar with a wide range of foods.

TAST­ING NOTES FROM THE CURATOR

This wine received its own DOC in 2009 for the unique tast­ing notes it acquires by devi­at­ing from the Valpo­li­cel­la Clas­si­co. After the first fer­men­ta­tion process, the Clas­si­co wine is pressed all over again with the skins of the Amarone (par­tial­ly dried Valpo­li­cel­la grapes). The result is a wine with an intense ruby col­or, with aro­mat­ic notes of spice, cocoa, and red fruit. It is warm­ing on the palate, bal­anced by well-round­ed tannins.

PAIR­INGS

The Valpo­li­cel­la Ripas­so is some­times called a Cal­i­for­nia Caber­net drinker’s gate­way to Ital­ian wines because it draws out the uma­mi fla­vor in food. Earthy risot­tos and mush­room-filled pas­tas pair well with a glass or three. It is also a trusty com­pan­ion for hearty dish­es like roast­ed veal or lamb, or braised or bar­be­qued red meats like steak, sausage, and game. Ripas­so also goes well with aged cheeses like Parmigiano-Reggiano.

A LAY­ERED NAME

Valpo­li­cel­la is a grape from Vene­to. At the same time, it is an all-encom­pass­ing name for five dif­fer­ent wines — three of which have their own con­trolled des­ig­na­tion of ori­gin. Its name means ​“val­ley of riv­er deposits” and because of this one prod­uct, the area has earned the name ​“pearl of Verona”. This was espe­cial­ly true in the 15th and 16th cen­turies, when the Turk­ish block­ade around Venet­ian ports made the peo­ple of Italy focus more of their atten­tion on local wines than those from abroad.

Storage Instructions

Store unopened red wines in a cool, dry, and dark place safe from con­stant vibra­tion. Keep your bot­tle hor­i­zon­tal in a wine rack or cel­lar to retain the moist­ness of the cork. The ide­al tem­per­a­ture for stor­age is between 16 to 18°C. Once opened, a bot­tle will be good for 3 to 5 days stand­ing upright in the refrigerator.

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