RIPASSO Valpolicella Superiore DOC, Antolini (2018) - Veneto
Grapes : Corvina, Corvinone, Rondinella.
"Ripasso" literally means "re-passed" or "passed again" and this wine is the bridge between the young Valpolicella and the adult Amarone and Recioto. It's made with the year's wine which is fermented a second time with the marcs (leftover skins etc) of the dried Amarone and Recioto grapes, for 5/7 days. Vibrant ruby red colour with an intense and complex bouquet of red fruits, such as raspberries, cherries and morello cherries which evolves into a spicier flavour of vanilla and cloves. It has a crisp, tannin taste which coats the palate with a gentle warmth and a pleasant dry aftertaste.
Food pairing : The wine goes well with rich first courses, red meats and with cheeses that aren't too mature.