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Cantina Valpantena Valpolicella Valpantena Torre del Falasco Ripasso 2008

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Torre del Falasco wines are the standard bearers of Cantina Valpantena, one of Italy’s best co-operatives, situated northeast of Verona and run by Luca Degani since 1995. Its 700 hectares of vineyard produce first class fruit, while the winery, transformed with the arrival of Lorenzo Caramazza in 2001, ensures that the quality of grapes is captured in the finished wines. Matt Thomson has worked closely with Luca and Lorenzo since 1999. The grapes for the Valpolicella Ripasso are grown on the steeply terraced hillside vineyards belonging to the co-op, where soils are chalky and poor. Once fermentation was complete, a second fermentation took place on the skins of the Amarone Torre del Falasco in the traditional ‘ripasso‘ method. The result is a gorgeously deep coloured and intensely perfumed wine, with intense aromas of bitter chocolate and cherries and a touch of dried cherry and plum. On the palate, it is full-bodied and vibrant, with an attractive dried cherry and spiced compote character given extra depth by the ‘ripasso‘ method and supple, rounded tannins. Good length, with ripe cherry perfumes on the finish.

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Snooth User: Mimi Kim
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0.00 5
09/12/2011

Ripasso is the step between Valpolicella Superiore and Amarone. The 2008 vintage displays aromas of plum, cherry, chocolate, leather and tobacco. It is dry and supple with a sweet centre, a medium body, and a significant finish.


Snooth User: turf44
651931117
2.50 5
12/12/2010

Two and a half glasses



Torre del Falasco wines are the standard bearers of Cantina Valpantena, one of Italy’s best co-operatives, situated northeast of Verona and run by Luca Degani since 1995. Its 700 hectares of vineyard produce first class fruit, while the winery, transformed with the arrival of Lorenzo Caramazza in 2001, ensures that the quality of grapes is captured in the finished wines. Matt Thomson has worked closely with Luca and Lorenzo since 1999. The grapes for the Valpolicella Ripasso are grown on the steeply terraced hillside vineyards belonging to the co-op, where soils are chalky and poor. Once fermentation was complete, a second fermentation took place on the skins of the Amarone Torre del Falasco in the traditional ‘ripasso‘ method. The result is a gorgeously deep coloured and intensely perfumed wine, with intense aromas of bitter chocolate and cherries and a touch of dried cherry and plum. On the palate, it is full-bodied and vibrant, with an attractive dried cherry and spiced compote character given extra depth by the ‘ripasso‘ method and supple, rounded tannins. Good length, with ripe cherry perfumes on the finish.

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