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The Valpolicella Ripasso, is made from the same grapes as Amarone, which are partially dried to make the wonderfully concentrated flavors of Amaro... Read more
I love Amarone, but can't afford to drink it often. So I've been experimenting with ripassos, which are second wines using the lees from the Amaron... Read more
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The Valpolicella Ripasso, is made from the same grapes as Amarone, which are partially dried to make the wonderfully concentrated flavors of Amarone, but in the end there is usually something left over, so on the second pressing (ripasso!) they make another wine which is somewhat of a baby Amarone which usually is available for less than half the price of an Amarone. I drank this one over a couple days, and I'll admit it was a bit young, so it probably wasn't as expressive as it could have been. It was relatively light, with a bright magenta color and a nose of cherries, currants, herbs and a somewhat floral note. The wine was very fruit forward, as could be expected for such a young wine, with taste of grape jam and a bit of lavender mid palate, and unfortunately the finish was pretty flat.
I love Amarone, but can't afford to drink it often. So I've been experimenting with ripassos, which are second wines using the lees from the Amarone production. Sometimes called baby Amarone, they have a lot of the character of an Amarone without the high price. I was a bit dubious though of the Pasqua offering since the price was under $9 at Trader Joe's, and found it hard to believe that they could produce a good ripasso for that. However, we were very pleasantly surprised. Gorgeous nose with cherry and dark fruit aromas. Medium body with nice tannins. Not as raisiny as some of the other ripassos I've had like the excellent Allegrini, but the price of the Pasqua is half that. Just a great everyday wine.
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