Seattle/4th Avenue, WA 14% alc. (Purchased on 1/18/14)
50% Corvina 30% Corvinone 20% Rondinella Mostly clear, but very dark purple/garnet. Smoky, earthy, concentrated dried cherry nose. In the mouth, a burst of tart acidity hits the front of the tongue then an almost salty, sweet sensation fills your mouth. I’m a bit amazed at how much fresh ripe cherry fruit there is in the flavors. I’m used to Ripassos that are less fruit forward and show more dried cherry and leather. I’m also getting the cassis and licorice that reader flitcraft found. The firm tannins are most evident in the long finish. This is a more accessible, fruit-forward rendition that is really quite delicious. I suspect it will age for many years as it’s very well-balanced and very much in it’s youth. An excellent buy for under ten bucks!
Here’s some information for our readers who may not be familiar with Valpolicella and/or the ripasso method of production (described further down in the link).