Valpolicella Classico RIPASSO DOC 2017 Villa Crine’s 750ml
Valpolicella Classico Superiore Ripasso D.O.C.
Corvina Veronese 60%, Rondinella 30%, Molinara 10%.
The altitude of the vineyard is between 200 and 300 metres above sea level. The soil composition includes clay, tuff and alluvial gravel, with calcareous marine rock.
The vines are trained in the pergola system. The density of the vines is between 4,500 and 6,000 plants per hectare with a yields of about 9000 kg/ha
The grapes are harvested manually between the end of September and the beginning of October. Care is taken so that they are at the best state of maturation. The grapes are dried for about 20 days before pressing.
Destemming and soft pressing in metal tanks takes place in the month of November. In February the Amarone skins are added to the wine which imparts greater complexity, flavour, and structure to the wine. When the skins are added, the wine goes into a second fermentation.
The wine is aged for two years in oak barrels which range from 10 to 30 hL. It then undergoes further maturation in the bottle which is stored for a year in ancient cellars which are carved into tuff stone.
Colour wise, it leans toward a bright garnet. There are rich aromas of black and sour cherry accompanied by notes of spiciness. It has well-integrated tannins and a nice minerality in the finish. It’s flavours typify the territory and delight the palate.
Green lasagne with sausage and potatoes. Polenta with salami and mushrooms, grilled pork, or polenta ‘alla pizzaiola’. It’s also excellent by itself as a “meditation wine”.
Ideal serving temperature is 18°C.