Cantina Valpantena, Torre del Falasco Valpolicella Superiore Ripasso, 2018

Cantina Valpantena, Torre del Falasco Valpolicella Superiore Ripasso, 2018

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Region: Valpolicella, Veneto, Italy

Vintage: 2018

Bottle size: 75cl

Grape: 80% Corvina 20% Corvinone

ABV: 14%

Notes: Vegetarian, Vegan

Aromas of dried cherry and dark plums are followed by hints of mocha and dark chocolate on the nose. A powerful, full-bodied palate opens with a spiced fruit character and supportive tannins. Raisin and candied peel notes come from the 'ripasso' method and are layered with rounded, ripe cherry flavours. The finish is long with added spicy nutmeg notes.

After the grapes were dry, they were destemmed and crushed, then fermented in temperature-controlled, stainless-steel tanks at 22-28°C. Maceration lasted 10 days. Once fermentation was complete, a second fermentation took place on the skins of the Torre del Falasco Amarone in the traditional 'ripasso' method. The wine was then filtered and clarified before being aged for two years in stainless-steel barrels.

Run by Luca Degani since 1995, the Cantina Valpantena is now one of Italy’s best co-operatives, with 700 hectares of vineyard that produce excellent quality fruit. Matt Thomson makes some of the Alpha Zeta wines here and has worked closely with them since 1999. Known as the ‘valley of god’ to the ancient Greeks, the Valpantena is well known for its quality red wines, due partly to the limestone soils, but also because of the cool breeze that blows down the valley from the foothills of the Dolomites.