Why we love it
Valpolicella Ripasso, with its official name being Ripasso della Valpolicella, is a red wine produced in Veneto, Valpolicella area, and as the name says, it is obtained “repassing”, ripasso in Italian, the Valpolicella wine on the Amarone must for a few days to add body and character to the wine and then aged in barrels.
Valpolicella Ripasso is also sometime called baby Amarone, definition we do not agree with, because the Amarone is a very different wine however, the Valpolicella Ripasso shows some of the Amarone characteristics and from a pure price point of view, it offers outstanding value for money and it also is a much easier and approachable wine compared to its big brother.
Our Valpolicella Ripasso is made from grapes grown in the “Classico” area, hence the appellation “Classico” on the label, from vineyards located at about 400mt above sea level, from a single vineyard called the “ Le Quare”, and it is a fantastic red wine, big, bold, elegant, with a rich and complex nose, with scents of ripe fruit and spices and vanilla. On the palate this Valpolicella Ripasso is warm, full and smooth with plenty of fruit, lively, perfectly balanced, ideal with stews or boiled meat, offering terrific value for money.
The artisan who made it
Over the generations, the Gamba winery has been passed down from father to son and it is now run by the three brothers Giovanni, Giuseppe and Martino helped by their own sons and daughters. Located right in the heart of the Valpolicella Classico area and spanning six acres, they grow the classic Valpolicella grapes, from Corvina to Rondinella with which then they make the classic Valpolicella wines, from valpolicella to amarone, from valpolicella ripasso to a recioto della valpolicella.
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