Why we love it
The Valpolicella Ripasso takes its name from the way the wine is made, by repassing, ripasso in Italian, the Valpolicella wine on the Amarone must for a few days to add body and character to the Valpolicella wine and is then aged in barrels. Someone calls the Valpolicella Ripasso baby Amarone, we disagree, Amarone and Ripasso are two complete different wines, however, the Ripasso shows some of the Amarone characteristics and from a price point of view, it offers outstanding value for money.
This Valpolicella Ripasso is a fantastic red wine, elegant, with a rich nose with scents of ripe fruit and spices and vanilla hints. In the palate this wine is warm, full and smooth with plenty of fruit, perfect to accompany stews or boiled meat.
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.