Tezza Valpolicella Ripasso 2018750ml
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Dark, garnet-coloured, tangy and savoury, this has notes of spice and ripe berries. The palate is smooth, with a polished feel. Valpolicella Ripasso is made with partially dried grape skins and seeds that have been left over from fermentation of Amarone or Recioto. This style of wine is tannic, with a deep colour, more alcohol and more extracted than regular Valpolicella.
Best matched with red meats.
On an overseas trip to visit suppliers and source new products, we were introduced to these fabulous wines. Whilst visiting one of our first ever suppliers, Giovanni of Salvagno, we had been talking about the delicious local high-end wine Amarone (of which Valpolicella is the younger, less complex version) and he felt this particular winemaker offered, as he does himself with his oil, an excellent quality value ratio. And so, we were introduced to Vanio of Tezza.
For three generations, the Tezza family have been dedicated winegrowers. Grandparents Giovanni and Virginia launched the family vineyard operation in 1960, and their children, Paolo, Giuseppe, and Renzo carried the family into winemaking. From 1998 on, the Tezza winery has been owned by cousins Flavio, Vanio, and Federico.
This small production winery is based in Verona, in the Valpantena - a valley that lies in a niche between Lake Garda and the arc of the Alps. This fortunate location gives a uniquely temperate climate that is suitable for plants that are more typical of Mediterranean climes, such as the grapevine, the olive tree, and the cypress. The limestone-derived soils of the region are extremely favourable to growing the well-regarded Aramone and Valpolicella that Tezza are known for.
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