Friday, June 03, 2005

1 Red: Italy Valpolicella (Ripasso)

PASQUA SAGRAMOSO RIPASSO VALPOLICELLA SUPERIORE 2002, Verona, Italy, 13.5%, #602342 $17.05

This is a General listing. The LCBO says: "Bright medium-deep ruby red; aromas of sweet dried fruits, oregano, ripe black cherry, damson plum and date; dry, med-full bodied, rich and ripe, balanced acidity, smooth velvety texture, with flavours of fig, cherry fruit, plum and chocolate notes. Have with Italian sausage; hard cheeses such as Asiago; grilled veal or beef." The description on the website is unchanged from their 2001 vintage: Grapes are "Corvina 60%, Rondinella 20%, Corvinone 10%, Negrara 10%. Ruby-red, with granate hues, this wine offers intense aromas of wild cherries, underbush and hints of toasting. A rich, full-bodied wine, round and warm on the palate. My notes: (Notes for the 2001 vintage were posted May 19th) The nose is apparent as soon as the cork is pulled, a soft pepper/plum/cedar aroma reminiscent of fermenting skins. Medium- to full-bodied in which tannins, acid and fruit are balanced for a velvet mouthfeel. The finish is fairly long, warm and plummy. A smoothe sipper to go with full flavoured appetizers or any red meat or red pasta dish, cheese pizza, etc. Good now but can be cellared a short time - the 2001 has softened a tad since November 2004

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