Brigaldara Valpolicella Superiore Ripasso 2018 750ml - Stone Gate Wine & Spirits
Brigaldara Valpolicella Superiore Ripasso 2018 750ml

Brigaldara Valpolicella Superiore Ripasso 2018

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Category Red Wine
Origin Italy, Veneto, Valpolicella
Brand Brigaldara
Alcohol/vol 14.5%
Our Valpolicella Superiore Ripasso is born from the refermentation of Valpolicella wine on the marcs of Amarone. The contact between Valpolicella wine and Amarone marcs - that are still rich in sugars, triggers a new fermentation. This second fermentation is named "ripasso" in Italian, meaning "re-pass," or "go over again," - a slow process that enriches the structure of the wine. The result is a structured wine, very balanced in taste and accompanied on the nose by slight hints of ripe and dried fruit that during aging evolve, increasing complexity. Bright ruby. Aromas of red plum, marzipan and exotic flowers, along with a saline nuance. Juicy and tightly coiled on the palate, with strong acidity that preserves the red fruit and spice flavors. It finishes with good purity of fruit and length.
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The 2018 Valpolicella Superiore Ripasso is a force to be reckoned with. Here I'm finding an intense and savory display, as aromas of plum sauce and red currants give way to balsamic spice, smoky minerals and purple-tinged florals. It's velvety with medium-bodied textures, ushering in ripe blackberry fruit, as cooling minerals and herbal tones add further lift. Hints of baker's chocolate and medicinal cherry linger, along with residual acids that frame the expression perfectly. Only just shy of an Amarone in depth, the 2018 Ripasso is flat-out stunning.

Eric Guido, February 2021

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