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A blend of Corvina, Corvinone, Rondinella and Molinara grapes from the Sant’Ambroglia di Valpolicella vineyards of the Benazzoli family, this traditional Ripasso is made by combining the Valpolicella base wine with the leftover pomace (skins, pulp and seeds etc.) from the family’s own Amarone. The resulting second fermentation adds flavour, structure, colour and alcohol before the wine is put into oak barrels for two years for maturing.
This is a dark, dense wine of wonderful depth, richness and elegance. Dark ruby red in colour with a powerful nose of blackcurrant, black plum and prune backed up by elegant floral notes of violet and red rose, and tantalizing spicy notes of nutmeg, black pepper and cloves. The richness of the palate is evident straight away, sweet alcoholised berries reminiscent of cassis liqueur coating and warming the mouth and throat, with immaculately integrated tannins providing a smooth, chocolately mid palate, and finishing with a refreshing lift of red berries and bright floral notes.
Fantastic with a grilled juicy rib, roast beef, stews and game, mature cheeses or (we can highly recommend) dark chocolate.
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