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The Society's Valpolicella Ripasso Superiore 2020
This Valpolicella is made using the traditional ripasso technique, where the wine is 'passed over' the dried grapes that were used in the production of Amarone to add richness and depth. It is sourced from one of Italy's best co-operatives, Cantina di Valpantena, whose vines are refreshed by the cooling breezes from the Dolomites. Its vibrant blueberry and cherry fruit, spice and richness make it a great red to enjoy with grilled meats, pasta, pizza or the cheese course. This wine hails from the Valpantena, a valley just north of Verona, home of the striking Roman amphitheatre, the Arena di Verona, that sits proudly in the heart of this famous city and therefore on our new label.
Price: £10.95 Bottle
Price: £65.50 Case of 6
- Red Wine
- Now to 2025
- 13.5% Alcohol
- oak used but not v. noticeable
- Cork, diam
It is believed by some that the Valpantena Valley gets its name from the Roman pantheon, and indeed it is thought that the Romans were some of the first to plant vines here. Situated to the north-east of Verona, this valley, which benefits from cooling breezes from the nearby Dolomites, is the same valley from which we source the grapes for The Society’s Pinot Grigio, but the region is better known for its excellent red wines.
Cantina Valpantena was formed here in 1958. Today the company has 300 members cultivating over 600 hectares of vines, from appellations all over the Verona hillsides, and the co-op is judged by many to be one of the best in Italy. A further 150 growers produce olive oil.
Cantina Valpantena uses mostly corvina veronese, rondinella and corvinone for its red wines, as well as garganega and trebbiano di lugana (identical to the verdicchio grape) for its whites. The company’s winery is, as you might expect, well equipped with modern technology. A wide range of wines are created here – from everyday reds like Valpolicella, to sweet whites like recioto and passito, and premium reds like Amarone. Its best range of wines is Torre del Falasco, especially the Torre del Falasco Ripasso, which provides Amarone style at a fraction of the price thanks to a second fermentation while in contact with Amarone wine lees.