- Tasting Notes
Denomination Ripassa Valpolicella Ripasso DOC Superiore
Region Italy, Veneto, Peschiera
Variety Corvina 85%, Rondinella 10%, Oseleta 5%
Size 750 ml
Serving temperature 18/20°C
Pairing Stewed red meat, salumi board, roasted and grilled meat, aged cheeses
As soon as the dried grapes for the winery’s Amarone have completed fermentation, a top selection of Valpolicella grapes “passes over” (ripassa) the Amarone pomace, thus resulting in a second brief fermentation.
This helps to obtain higher alcohol content, deeper color, and rich flavour and aroma. After ageing in French tonneaux for 18-20 months, the wine is cellared for another 6 months in bottle before release.
The process makes for a refined and concentrated wine, extremely smooth and velvety, with vibrant red fruit aromas.
On the palate, it delivers fruity notes and elegant tannin with hints of chocolate and spice. Ripassa has played a highly important role in the Zenato winery’s evolution over the years.
Colour Intense ruby red color
Aroma Intense, rich and elegant, with notes of wild berries, forest spices, cocoa and balsamic herbs
Taste Structured, soft, warm, savory and velvety, with intense hints of red fruits and sweet spices
The Zenato winery represents a reality of primary importance in the area of Lake Garda and Valpolicella: 70 hectares located in the most suitable wine-growing areas of the Veneto allow Zenato to produce truly unique quality bottles. This splendid reality was born in 1960 from the passion and initiative of Sergio Zenato and today it is managed, with a strong sense of family continuity and territorial belonging, by the children Alberto and Nadio, aided by their mother Carla.
The mission of the Zenato winery has always coincided with the production of high quality wines, to be pursued through the enhancement of native vines, respect for traditions and the use of modern viticulture techniques. The properties of the winery, as well as the production, is equally divided between the ancient moraine land of Lugana and Valpolicella, where the Zenato family became part of the "Famiglie dell'Amarone d'Arte" association. The winery, located in Peschiera del Garda, is populated by over a thousand barriques and dozens of large oak barrels.
The success and esteem enjoyed by the name of Zenato in Italy and in the world confirms that the family has always moved in the right direction, betting on territoriality and on a modern and elegant style. Today Zenato can count on a very wide range of wines, among which the Amarone Classico and the Amarone Riserva "Sergio Zenato" stand out, a wine that is a majestic and splendid monument to the founder. The road to quality has borne its fruits and the name Zenato belongs, with absolute merit, to the elite of Italian producers.