Degani Ripasso Classico Superiore Cicilio 2019
Other Reds | Italy
Valpolicella Classico in Verona, Italy is a great place to start if you love new world wines and want to grow your appreciation of the old world. For under $20, think of it as the most affordable of steps into a much larger globe! This wine is rich, fruit forward and round with plenty of baking spice and the faintest hints of juniper and fresh pine. Taste brandied cherries, fig jam, golden raisin and the subtlest whisper of peat moss, winding down into a warming, brown-butter finish.
Brothers Aldo and Luca Degani are involved in all aspects of this estate - from farming and harvesting through production and cellaring. For the labor-intensive Ripasso Superiore wine, they crush and ferment the grapes over a 12-day period before settling the wine for a few months in stainless steel tanks. Then, during the spring, they pour this wine over the skins of their spent Amarone grapes (another painstaking process you can learn more about here) to extract even more flavor and concentration.
When considering these arduous, traditional winemaking practices… we can’t even begin to comprehend the price! Fair Verona, you have stolen our hearts yet again!
About the Producer
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