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Valpolicella Ripasso DOC Superiore - Corte Adami


A wine we fell in love with immediately. Fermented over the lees of the previous vintage of Amarone, this superb wine has all the freshness of a youthful Valpolicella combined with the depth, spices and dark, savoury flavours of an Amarone. It has great elegance yet backed by a bold structure with complex flavours supporting. It has plenty of ripe, red fruit aromas that mingle with sweet spices and notes of liquorice and cocoa. In the mouth it has a silky mouth-feel, good supporting acidity and franc tannins that linger into a silky and long finish.

Country: Italy
Region: Veneto
Subregion: Valpolicella
Vintage: 2018
Colour: Red
Grape Variety: Corvina, Corvinone, Rondinella
ABV: 14.5%
Bottle Size: 75cl
Closure: Natural cork
Style: Bold and fruity
Drink With: Game, red meats, pasta with a meat sauce, duck or ripe cheeses.

Decanter Bronze Medal Winner

The Corte Adami vineyards for this wine are to be found in the eastern part of Valpolicella in the vineyard of San Martino Buon Albergo close to the village of Ferrazze. The south/southwest facing vineyard is ideally suited to the three grape varieties being rich in clay and limestone. The Valpolicella Superiore wine is placed in a tank with the lees of Amarone in the January following the vintage to ferment out the remaining sugar present. It is then aged for a year partly in French oak barrels and partly in stainless steel tanks.

Why we like this wine

This was a no-brainer for us. The bold fruit flavours balanced by the dark, savoury notes make this a joy to drink with any form of game, red meat or fowl. It is rare to find a wine with such wide appeal for drinking and although it is great fun to drink now, it will last for a good 5 to 8 years if kept well.

  • Delicious red fruit flavours
  • Savoury with plenty of spice
  • A superb food wine