Crushed & Cured
Alpha Zeta, `R` Valpolicella Superiore Ripasso, 2021
Ruby red in colour, this Ripasso opens with a concentrated nose full of aromas of red fruits and dried cherries. Full-bodied on the palate, it shows lovely balance between an opulent cherry-pie character and supple structure. The finish is long with a mouthwatering bitter-cherry twist.
This wine was made using a modern variation of the traditional Veronese practice known as "ripasso." Traditionally, the young wine was re-fermented on the skins of the Amarone grapes once they had finished fermenting in March. The modern approach is to ferment the young wine together with dried grapes in the January following the vintage, giving the wine more body and depth. Following temperature controlled fermentation, this Ripasso was aged in oak prior to bottling. This blend of modern and traditional winemaking produces a wine with a combination of freshness, structure and depth that is rare among Ripasso wines.
Grape Variety: Corvina, Rondinella/Corvinone, Corvinone
Producer: Alpha Zeta