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Valpolicella Ripasso Monte Santoccio Nicola Ferrari 2016

Country: Italy
Region: Veneto
Type: Red
Producer: Monte santoccio
Grape: Corvina, Rondinella, Molinara, Corvinone
Bottle Size: 75cl
Vintage: 2016
Body: Medium bodied
Alcohol: 14%

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Or should that be Saint Nicola? Do you see what we did there? Ahaha haha ha... ah... hee... hey. Aherk herm. Sorry about that. Nicola Ferrari possibly warrants sainthood, though, for his transcendentally delicious Valpols, Ripassos and Amarones. Elegant, perfumed, with silky strawberry and cherry liqueur fruit and savoury, earthy notes, and a hint of that magical aroma of fine Amarone, this is a wine for your most luxurious dinner parties. Nicola describes the 2016 Ripasso as his best yet. Take heed.

Tasting Notes

The most complete Ripasso Nicola has made yet and is probably one of the best expressions of the classical style today. The fruit floats in the mouth with the wee hint of bitterness that comes from the process soaking the wine on the skins of the just fermented Amarone grapes that adds just the right amount of tension and intrigue. While not being a big wine, there is plenty of flavour and complexity. It is wonderful now and one of my favourite drinks. But it will be super to drink over the next 3 to 6 years and a good value wine for cellaring. Probably it will be excellent in 7 to 9 years from now, but I would drink most of it sooner. This is truly beautiful Italian wine – elegant, perfumed, lovely strawberry, cherry fruit with savoury earthy notes and a hint of that magical aroma of fine Amarone.

Press Note: Mid ruby with the beginning of orange tinges. Spicy, savoury cherry nose and nothing of that overblown Mon Chéri cherry-liqueur chocolates stuff that most ripassos are. Salty, minerally fruit with a touch of passito dried-cherry fruit. Dusty, powdery tannins on the finish. Needs and deserves food. (WS) 14.5% Drink 2018-2024. 17 points

Robin's Note:

One of my favourite wines in our range. I am always captivated by Monte Santoccio's Ripasso, that has finesse with complexity, fruit but too much, but enough, with a lovely delicate hint of bitterness.

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