Luigi Righetti Campolieti Valpolicella Classico Ripasso
Luigi Righetti Campolieti Valpolicella Classico Ripasso proffers aromas of dried berries, cranberries and cherry pits, leading into a full and generous palate that is simply packed with more cherry and berry fruit and gentle notes of spice. It's generously fruited and so easy drinking.
- Country: Italy
- Region: Veneto
- Subregion: Valpolicella
- Vintage: 2019
- Colour: Red
- Grape Variety: Corvina, Molinara, Rondinella
- ABV: 13.5%
- Bottle Size: 75cl
- Closure: Natural cork
- Style: Dark berry fruit
- Vegetarian: Yes (not certified)
- Vegan: Yes (not certified)
- Drink With: Duck dishes, game or some good cheeses
The name “Campolieti” means “happy fields”, referring both to the vineyards from which this excellent wine is produced and to the joyous reaction of many loyal Luigi Righetti customers upon their first taste of this ripasso Valpolicella. The soils are lean and dry, giving the wine an intense cherry bouquet with a distinct scent of bitter almonds.
Luigi Righetti Campolieti Valpolicella Classico Ripasso is made from a blend of Corvina, Molinara and Rondinella grapes, carefully picked in October before undergoing the most modern winemaking processes. The newly made Valpolicella is passed over ("ripasso") and re-fermented on the pomace and lees of the dried grapes from the estate's Amarone. The remaining sugars, flavours and tannins provide extra richness and body to what traditionally is a lighter style of red wine. It is then aged in oak barrels for twelve months, giving a velvety and harmonious wine.
Why we like this wine
Valpolicella is often thought of as a thin and light wine sold in pizzerias by the jugfuls. This is the real deal and a far cry from the innocuous factory made wines. having been fermented over the lees of the previous year's Amarone, it takes on a whole new dimension with tons of dried berry fruit dominating both nose and palate. We were served this wine in the village close to the winery with a dish of pasta with a duck sauce. The combination was simply delicious and it has since built up a great following with our restaurant clients.
- Full and generous
- Loaded with dried berry fruit
- Smooth and very easy drinking
About the grower
Located in Valgatara, in the heart of the Valpolicella Classico region near Verona, the Luigi Righetti estate is a small, family run winery. Since 1909, when Angelo Righetti first earned a reputation as an outstanding winemaker, the family has focussed on producing quality wines offering extremely good value. Righetti's wines exhibit an exceptional balance between fruit, wood, acidity and alcohol. The result is a range of wines that have good ageing potential, but that are well suited to immediate enjoyment.
The current winemaker, Gianmaria Righetti, is the fifth generation of the Righetti family to carry on the family wine-making tradition. Gianmaria's father, Luigi, took over this same role back in the 1940s, and he was the first in the family to consider increasing the estate’s production above the level of local demand. Today, he is still active in the estate's day to day operation. Gianmaria, who took over winemaking responsibilities in 1985, has broadened the range to include single vineyard offerings and wines with great international appeal.