Could this be our Italian Red Wine deal of the year? We reckon it's in with a great shot!
This 'Baby Amarone' is a juicy, medium to full-bodied italian red full of red plum, black cherry and gorgeous Christmas cake characters from the repassing of Amarone skins into the pomace (Ripasso Tecgnique - See Winemaker's Note for a description of this process)
During the winter, Valpolicella wine (made from Corvina, Corvinone and Rondinella grapes) is passed over the skins remaining from the production of Amarone using the traditional “Ripasso” technique, which increases the alcohol, body and perfumes of the wine. Aged in oak, this wine is dry and full-bodied with a complex perfume of cherries, red fruits and spices. The ideal match for roast and grilled red meats, stews and mature cheeses.
Ripasso Technique - This process, used only in rare vintage years, imparts richness, character and personality of a great wine to an already superior wine. “Ripasso” method is a technique that is done by the “re-passing” of the Valpolicella wine on the dried grape skins of Amarone, still warm and rich in sugar. The Valpolicella remains in contact with the pomace of Amarone for 10/12 days; during this period, a second alcoholic fermentation occurs. Ripasso method gives to Valpolicella wine a better structure and a lower acidity, it is more rounded and it is suitable for aging in barrels for 18 months.