Thursday, February 21, 2013

Remo Farina 2000 Valpolicella Classico Superiore Ripasso (Italy)

When you hang out with a bunch of Italian winemakers (or even one) you begin to have a hankering for Italian wine, even when you get home.  Tonight, I wanted something old and Italian and ended up this Remo Farina Ripasso.  At 13 years of old (from the label date) this wine really shows some good complexity and mostly tertiary aromas and flavours:  smells of leather, prune, licorice, clove and baking spice ...  the palate starts off with tons of black pepper and anise - seems to move quickly into a whack of acidity and sprice, which dominates the palate when drank on its own, but with food it worked beautifully: smooth and mellow while still being aged to perfection and with nice complexity.  With a little time there appeared a slightly woody note and a finish of leathered-cherry ... for 13 years old this is one interesting wine that still delivers.

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