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Valpolicella Ripasso Superiore Capitel San Rocco, Tedeschi 2019
Red Wine from Italy - NE Italy (Trentino, Veneto)
Ripasso styles can really offer the best of both worlds, retaining freshness and cherry fruit from the corvina grape, but gaining a little more depth, weight and complexity from the Amarone grape skins that the wine has been 'passed over'.
Price: £16.50 Bottle
Price: £99.00 Case of 6
- Red Wine
- Now to 2026
- 14.5% Alcohol
- oak used but not v. noticeable
- Cork, natural
The Tedeschi family have been in the wine business in Valpolicella for centuries. In 1630 they first purchased vines and in 1824 Nicolò Tedeschi founded the company which bears the family name today. They are, therefore, steeped in tradition. They are not, however, inhibited by it. Indeed, it was in the early 1960s that Lorenzo Tedeschi harvested grapes from the Monte Olmi vineyard and vinified them separately from his other grapes and in so doing made the first single-vineyard wine in Valpolicella, a wine which remains the flagship of the estate.
Based in the village of Pedemonte di Valpolicella, in the hills north-west of Verona, the family operate from recently renovated cellar to which a state-of-the-art drying loft has not long been added, for grapes that will make Amarone.
The cellars are surrounded by vines, with the closest plot being the Lucchine vineyard from which a fine, fresh and fruity Valpolicella Classico is made at yields well below the levels permitted in the local DOC regulations. Today the family manages about 74 hectares of vineyard, 29 of them Tedeschi owned.
The company is now in the hands of the fifth generation since Nicolò began it all, in the form of Antonietta, Sabrina and Riccardo Tedeschi, with Riccardo acting as oenologist/winemaker.
Read moreItaly’s zingy yet fuller-bodied ripassos have the acidity and weight to cope with fatty food. Tesdeschi make some of the finest and their Capitel San Rocco is a wonderfully complex, aromatic, scented...Italy’s zingy yet fuller-bodied ripassos have the acidity and weight to cope with fatty food. Tesdeschi make some of the finest and their Capitel San Rocco is a wonderfully complex, aromatic, scented leather mouthful.
Transparent ruby. Very sweet start but good acidity on the end. With the right food – good parmesan? – this could be a real pleasure. 16.5/20
Read moreAlways nice to revisit the elegance of Tedeschi's Ripasso, with its vibrant red fruit, acid lift, and alcohol in perfect balance. The tannins are angular, and pleasantly firm. Great width on the...Always nice to revisit the elegance of Tedeschi's Ripasso, with its vibrant red fruit, acid lift, and alcohol in perfect balance. The tannins are angular, and pleasantly firm. Great width on the mid-palate and linear finish. Lingering cherry, strawberry jam and plum notes. 92/100
Tedeschi is one of the great valpolicella names and its 2019 Ripasso is a sour cherry and bitter chocolate gem that needs big flavours to shine — a steak and kidney pie, or a hunk of parmesan.
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