The Giormani 2011 Valpolicella Ripasso was very well received here, so (once again) after I realized this appearance represented a different vintage, I got a bottle. While I still liked this wine, IMO it’s nowhere near as good as the 2011.
Upon opening, I first poured off a half bottle and stoppered it with very little air. The second half I poured into a decanter. It was pretty good from the start, but I thought it opened up after about 75 minutes of air. It showed delicious flavors of tangy, ripe / tart purple plum and red cherries, orange peel, brown earth / leather, maybe light tobacco, and was very nicely aromatic and elegant. However, it’s lighter in body and flavors, and less complex, than the 2011.
The next day, the flavors in the saved half bottle were darker, more forward, and less complex and elegant. It was still tasty, but I preferred it on the first day. It’s not, like a lot of GO wine, on the verge of spoiling, but it’s certainly not one to age, either. I would like it better for a dollar or two less.