Tasting Valpolicella Ripasso Wines

Valpolicella Ripasso Wines

Valpolicella Wines from Veneto

Our club of Vintage Wine Tasters meets bimonthly to blind taste and judge wines. This is the first time in our 13-year history that we have tasted Valpolicella wines. Learning about wine is a continuous adventure, and it was a wonderful experience to taste these wines from the Veneto region of Italy.

About Valpolicella Ripasso Wines

Valpolicella, a renowned wine-producing region, lays the foundation for Ripasso wines. Nestled between the shores of Lake Garda and the historic city of Verona, Valpolicella is a land blessed with a diverse terroir. The Ripasso winemaking technique involves fermenting young Valpolicella wine on the lees of Amarone, a robust and deeply-flavored wine made from dried grapes. This process imparts a unique character to the wine, enhancing its depth and complexity. Read more at the VinePair.com

Vintage Taster Mike did the research and the purchase of Valpolicella Ripasso wines. He selected six wines for our blind tasting. Below are the wines and the order we ranked the wines. All wines were purchased at Total Wine in San Mateo at the Bridgeport Shopping Center.

  1. 2019 PALANCA RIPASSO SUPERIORE  FROM TOMMASI ESTATES –  $21    
  2.  2018 ZENATO  RIPASSA    RIPASSO SUPERIORE – $24      
  3. 2021 ALLIGRINI VILLA CAVARENA RIPASSO – $20       
  4. 2019 MONTRESOR  CAPITEL DELLA ROSARA – $20          
  5. 2017 VILLA MAFFEI   RIPASSO – $19           
  6. 2020 ALBINO ARMANI   RIPASSO CLASSICO SUPERIOR – $21           
Best of the Valpolicella tasting – 2019 Palanca

Tasting Notes and Food Pairings on the Ripasso wines

The six wines in our taste-off were well balanced, with a red fruit component. They are medium bodied in style with moderate tannins, but gentle acidity, which made each glass easy to drink and enjoy.  These are mellow-drinking wines suitable for many occasions and foods. We prefer the Ripasso wines with red meat dishes, as in braised short ribs and grilled spare ribs. Got cremini mushrooms? Make a mushroom risotto to pair with these delicious wines.

If you have not yet had the opportunity to try Valpolicella Ripasso wines, put them on your list of wines to try. You will enjoy the change-of-pace.

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