Terroir: Le Ragose Valpolicella is produced from estate vineyards sitting above 1200 feet in elevation. The vineyards are ideally situated with a south-west exposure and soils of clay and magnesium, calcium and iron based gravel. Vines average 30-60 years old.
Vinification: The fruit is hand-picked and fermented in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks with indigenous yeasts for 12-14 days, then re-fermented for 7 days in March on the lees of the Amarone using the ripasso method. The Amarone lees and skins contain sugars and re-fermentation absorbs about 10% of Amarone, giving the wine more aromatic complexity while maintaining Valpolicella’s lighter mouthfeel. For Superiore designation, the wine ages one year in steel, two years in 25-hectoliter Slavonian oak casks and refined in bottle for one year before release.
The 2011 Valpolicella is light, brilliant ruby red in color with a bouquet of intense red fruits notes such as currant, strawberry and black cherry. On the palate the wine is medium in body but with a surprisingly enveloping mature berry flavor with hints of dried figs, coffee notes and cocoa powder. It is silky with sweet/tart fruit ripe fruit flavor dense, ripe and lush mature berries. Excellent with pasta dishes, roasted red and white meats (especially lamb and duck) gorgonzola cheese and radicchio dishes.
Score: 88 PointsThe Wine Advocate Author: Monica Larner
The 2011 Valpolicella Classico Ripasso Superiore is a dark and savory red wine. It opens to an inky, dense appearance with dark garnet highlights. The wine presents an openly sweet element with cherry marmalade, cinnamon and dried prune. Plump and rich in terms of mouthfeel, this wine offers a pleasant sense of simplicity and basic sweetness.
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