Saturday, April 11, 2009

Marks & Spencer Valpolicella Ripasso 2006

A Valpolicella Ripasso is a "normal" young, fresh Valpolicella wine that has had added to it either the left-over grape must from making Amarone, or semi-dried grapes.  The purpose of this technique is to boost colour, flavour and alcohol content of the young wine, and it is unique to the province of Verona, Italy.

The wine had a bit less character than I expected, but was still good.  There wasn't much on the nose, besides a hint of cherry fruit.  I wonder if the wine needed time to open up.  On the palate it certainly was a rich, complex wine.  We went around the table to try and get some words to describe it, but everyone struggled to come up with anything (someone said "metropolitan" - meaning sort of made for a broad appeal).  I thought it was pretty good and I would buy it again, except maybe when it's on offer.

Marks & Spencer
Valpolicella Ripasso 2006
Verona, Italy

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