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Tommasi Valpolicella Ripasso 1997

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Produced from the three Valpolicella grape varieties (Corvina Veronese, Rondinella e Molinara) cultivated high on its hillside terraces. The traditional "pergola veronese" method of training the vines is utilized, and only the best and most mature clusters are selected for AMARONE. The grapes are placed directly onto small open racks and brought to the open sided building where they are dried by the cool breezes of autumn and winter until the following February. The Tommasi Amarone undergoes a period of aging of at least three years in oak barrels before being placed in bottles for a further period of aging of at least anther year. To produce Amarone means to embrace a labor of love which is not completed at the time of harvest but continues through the winter months. During these months the grapes are reduced in a period of "active lethargy". They seem to be still but within them there are changes taking place that enrich them, giving them new aromas and a deep full flavor. In managing the drying and vinification process it is essentially that the winemakers ( Mr. Dario and Giancarlo Tommasi ) have clearly in mind the wine which he seeks to create. TOMMASI Amarone is a wine which one can proudly serve on special occasions, particularly with red meat roasts, game and ripe cheeses. But it can also be sipped after dinner, before a fireplace, or anywhere as and ideal companion to enjoyable conversation. BOTTLE SIZE 750 ml PRODUCING AREA Hillside vineyard in the historical Valpolicella Classica zone VINES Corvina Veronese 50% Corvinone 15% Rondinella 30% Molinara 5% ALCOHOL CONTENT 15 % by vol. BARREL AGING 3 years in Slavonian oak barrels of 35 hectoliters COLOR Intense ruby red FRAGRANCE Warm, ripe on the nose, intense and of great refinement TASTE Complex, smooth, full bodied, characteristic with clear shades of dried grapes

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Tommasi:
Tommasi Viticoltori(Tommasi vintners) is a family viticulture firm founded in 1902. It is situated in Pedemonte, in the heart of Valpolicella Classico region, a small piece of land in the North - West part of Verona, between the plain and Lessini mountains and near Garda lake. From grandfather Giacomo’s tiny vineyard, the Tommasi estate has grown steadily over the course of years and today ex... Read more
Tommasi Viticoltori(Tommasi vintners) is a family viticulture firm founded in 1902. It is situated in Pedemonte, in the heart of Valpolicella Classico region, a small piece of land in the North - West part of Verona, between the plain and Lessini mountains and near Garda lake. From grandfather Giacomo’s tiny vineyard, the Tommasi estate has grown steadily over the course of years and today extends over 135 hectares of vineyard in the DOC wine areas of Verona and 66 hectares in Maremma, south of Tuscany. Read less

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Snooth User: ryuryu
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07/02/2007

Five glasses



Tasting Notes:

From the Tomassi family vineyards in Tuscany, this rich, velvety wine has cherry flavors and a hint of cinnamon.

Produced from the three Valpolicella grape varieties (Corvina Veronese, Rondinella e Molinara) cultivated high on its hillside terraces. The traditional "pergola veronese" method of training the vines is utilized, and only the best and most mature clusters are selected for AMARONE. The grapes are placed directly onto small open racks and brought to the open sided building where they are dried by the cool breezes of autumn and winter until the following February. The Tommasi Amarone undergoes a period of aging of at least three years in oak barrels before being placed in bottles for a further period of aging of at least anther year. To produce Amarone means to embrace a labor of love which is not completed at the time of harvest but continues through the winter months. During these months the grapes are reduced in a period of "active lethargy". They seem to be still but within them there are changes taking place that enrich them, giving them new aromas and a deep full flavor. In managing the drying and vinification process it is essentially that the winemakers ( Mr. Dario and Giancarlo Tommasi ) have clearly in mind the wine which he seeks to create. TOMMASI Amarone is a wine which one can proudly serve on special occasions, particularly with red meat roasts, game and ripe cheeses. But it can also be sipped after dinner, before a fireplace, or anywhere as and ideal companion to enjoyable conversation. BOTTLE SIZE 750 ml PRODUCING AREA Hillside vineyard in the historical Valpolicella Classica zone VINES Corvina Veronese 50% Corvinone 15% Rondinella 30% Molinara 5% ALCOHOL CONTENT 15 % by vol. BARREL AGING 3 years in Slavonian oak barrels of 35 hectoliters COLOR Intense ruby red FRAGRANCE Warm, ripe on the nose, intense and of great refinement TASTE Complex, smooth, full bodied, characteristic with clear shades of dried grapes

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