Monday, October 4, 2010

Zonin 2006 Ripasso Valpolicella (Italy)

Got home from the Amore di Amarone tasting and had a craving for an Italian wine - but something not as heavy and robust as an Amarone, so I took the next step down on the evolutionary ladder of this famous wine, a Ripasso.  For those who don't know, a Ripasso is a re-fermenting of the Valpolicella wine as it is re-passed over the skins of the grapes used to make Amarone ... it gives the wine a little more body and a bit more alcohol, plus you get the advantage of some Amarone flavours without the Amarone price.  This Zonin was a darling of a wine that I found a few years back and this bottle seemed ripe and ready for the tasting (again).  The wine was mellow and smooth with lots of plum, cherry and chocolate notes and really nice acidity ... it paired well with the burger that I had for dinner this evening.  On a personal note, I am a huge fan of this style of wine, though lately I have been disappointed with the Ripassos coming through the Ontario liquor stores.

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