Bertani Secco Valpolicella Valpantena Ripasso 2011
Floral and mineral on the nose with strong aromas of limestone and mineral water, over underlying spice with hints of violets and some dried cherry fruit. Fresher and lighter on entry than one might expect but this quickly gains focus in the mouth with good acids and austere little tannins adding dryness and depth to the palate. The flavors are subtle, much more mineral, redolent of iron and rust, than fruity though there is fine underlying raspberry and wild cherry fruit here. The finish is all cut and firmness, if a bit on the short side. A very nervy vintage. 87ptsAdd winemaker's notes
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Editorial Reviews for Bertani Secco Valpolicella Valpantena Ripasso
Floral and mineral on the nose with strong aromas of limestone and mineral water, over underlying spice with hints of violets and some dried cherry fruit. Fresher and lighter on entry than one might expect but this quickly gains focus in the mouth with good acids and austere little tannins adding dryness and depth to the palate. The flavors are subtle, much more mineral, redolent of iron and rust, than fruity though there is fine underlying raspberry and wild cherry fruit here. The finish is all cut and firmness, if a bit on the short side. A very nervy vintage. 87pts
Four and a half glasses
Two and a half glasses
I did not like it, thin, acrid, and flavorless, and it definitely does not taste like Ripasso.
87 points. There is a good amount of dried sour cherry on the nose, combined with intriguing minerality and a deep smoked quality. There are some charred berry bush aromas, a certain spiciness, and a vague floral component that hinges on lavender. There terroir elements are quite impressive, and there is definitely a somewhat burnt, pastoral sense of place to this wine. It opens on ripe plum, but moves quickly to dried cherry and pepper. There are some oak cask flavors and there is an Old World ranch terroir that comes through pretty strongly. It’s got nice red berry flavors that are softly accented by orange peel and dried rose petals just before the finish, which is very slightly reminiscent of apple cider. Overall, a very unique wine with some unusual flavor combinations. It’s well structured, and even though the oak makes its presence known, it isn’t overwhelming or unpleasant. Light to medium bodied with very nice intensity, this is an excellent standard for what a Ripasso should be. It’s not earth shattering, but it’s a really nice, solid, and interesting wine to serve when you’re looking for something to pair with just about anything. Source: What's Worth Drinking: Post #36: The Valpolicella Saga: A Trilogy from Italy ( http://whatsworthdrinking.com/2010/07/01/post-36-the-valpolicella-saga-a-trilogy-from-italy/ )
Three and a half glasses
External Reviews for Bertani Secco Valpolicella Valpantena Ripasso
Light-bodied, with bright acidity and flavors of ripe cherry, wild strawberry, smoke and bresaola. A hint of dried herb lingers on the tangy finish. Drink now through 2014.
There’s a pretty elegance here accented by delicate tones of white cherry and wild blueberry, backed by soft shades of cola and spice. The wine is crisp and tight with balanced intensity overall.
Secco Bertani Valpolicella Valpantena Ripasso 2006 presents a very deep garnet red color. At the nose scents of ripe cherry, spices and dried fruit (typical scent of the grapes cultivated in Valpolicella) accompanied with a sensible red berry fruit and walnut flavors. The mouth is full, soft, sapid and persistent. The first wine ever produced by the company, Secco-Bertani originated around 1870 on the hills of the Valpantena. Today it is still a timeless classic, a true point of reference by which wine-making standards are set. The result of a successful innovation, namely the technique of refermenting Valpolicella on the pomace of Recioto (with the recent addition of Amarone), Secco Bertani achieves a balance between fresh fruity quality, the spicy notes typical of the Valpantena and the concentration and structure which are the result of the particular vinification process used. Thanks to its unique character and the world-wide prestige which it gave to Italian wine production, in the early years of the twentieth century it was rewarded with the Royal Warrant of the Italian Royal Family.
From the Valpantena area, or the easternmost stretch of the Valpolicella wine zone, comes this very approachable and well-priced Ripasso from the historic Bertani winery. Aromas here include bresaola, smoked bacon, ripe fruit, plums, prunes and mesquite wood. The wine is more subtle and elegant in the mouth and ends with a playful touch of cracked black pepper.
Black and meaty, this tannin Valpolicella comes to a hard edge, then softens in the finish. The meaty tannins will enrich a meat-sauced pasta.
Very deep garnet color; delicate, typical bouquet, with hints of spices and walnut hull. Berry fruit flavors are dry, full, pleasantly bitterish and persistent.
Pleasant and fruity, with orange peel, plum and floral aromas and flavors. Medium-bodied, with good acidity and a clean finish. Delicious. Drink now.
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