Luciano Arduini Valpolicella Ripasso Classico Superiore 2018
- Rich, full-bodied
A blend of native Italian varieties, Corvina (60%), Corvinone (20%) and Rondinella (20%), this Italian beauty is no shrinking violet. On the contrary. It’s big, powerful and robust. Translated, ripasso means to ‘re-pass’, or ‘to go over again’. This refers to the traditional method of putting the resulting wine on Amarone grape skins for 15 days to extract extra colour and tannins. It certainly pumps up the performance, like adding a supercharger to a Ferrari. So you better buckle up!
The oak routine takes on an international flavour, with a third each of French, US and Slavonian oak from Croatia all lending an equal hand. There’s a lot going on here - with layers of fruit cake and spice, lifting with rich plum compote. That extra time on skins delivers plenty of grip on the palate, with brambly herbal notes lingering on the finish. Yep - it’s a supercharged Ferrari alright - but one that’s been tamed for the dinner table.
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Don't box Veneto in. From Prosecco to Amarone, this prolific North-East Italian region is the the biggest DOC producer in Italy (that means it produces wines of excellent and legislated quality). You'll also find Valpolicella and Soave, so you could seriously just stock your cellar with Veneto vino and you'd be set for a rainbow of styles, and all wicked wines.