Ripassa is the name that Zenato has given to this wine, which is closely related to Amarone.
Immediately after fermentation of the partially dried Amarone grapes, the finest selection of Valpolicella is “repassed”, starting off a second alcoholic fermentation. The alcohol content rises and the wine acquires a richer colour with greater extracts and fragrances. After ageing in the bottle for 6 months, this wine becomes extremely long, plush and velvety, with intense fragrances of red fruits.
The Ripassa is one of the most significant wines in the history of our company. - Winery
100 BEST WINES UNDER $30 (2018) - This is so refined and focused with layers of fruit and ultra-fine tannins. Plenty of chocolate and spice, too. Medium to full body, integrated tannins and a focused finish. Drink or hold. - James Suckling 94 Points
The 2015 Valpolicella Ripasso Superiore Ripassa shows black fruit and plum with chalky limestone notes that add a touch of dryness to the otherwise soft and sweet fruit profile delivered here. In terms of Ripasso (named Ripassa here), this expression does show nice darkness and richness that tastes even more pronounced in this very warm and sunny vintage. Pair this wine with your favorite barbecued meats. - Robert Parker 91 Points
This elegant red is well-balanced, layering light, creamy tannins and flavors of plumped cherry, anise and orange peel in a medium-bodied frame. A hint of graphite-laced mineral lingers on the finish. Drink now through 2024. 35,000 cases made. -AN - Wine Spectator Magazine 90 Points