Ca Rugate Valpolicella Superiore Ripasso
Ca Rugate Valpolicella Superiore Ripasso from Italy
Ripasso has often been described as poor man's Amarone but the Ca Rugate Ripasso is so good that it would suit the rich man as well as the poor man! This is complex and intense red wine with masses of red fruit cherries which are obtained from the dried grapes. The wine is left to age gracefully in oak and stainless steel for 8 months which ensures it is full bodied and yet has soft tannins. Be careful though as it's such a moorish wine it's alcohol can creep up on you.
The family business has been handed down through the generations of the Tessari family since the early 1900s. The Estate was renamed Ca'Rugate in 1986, taking its name from the volcanic hills where the vineyards are located. Now run by the fourth generation, Michele has brought with him a lively, passionate and entrepreneurial spirit. Considerable expansion has taken place in recent years with investment in a new technologically advanced cellar and expansion into the Valpolicella area with the purchase of vineyards in the hilly zone of Montecchia di Crosara. Ca'Rugate has been awarded the prestigious 'Tre Bicchieri' award rating from Gambero Rosso multiple times, making it one of the most awarded producers in the competition and has been hailed by the New York Times as one of the "Top Five producers of high end Soave".
Ripasso is the traditional method where the pomace from the dried Amarone grapes are left to referment in a Valpolicella wine from the same vintage. The wine is aged in 50% French tonneaux and 50% stainless steel for about 8 months.
Intense garnet red in colour. Concentrated aromas of red fruit cherries with a hint of spice and flowers. Full bodied palate with soft tannins which make it velvety on the finish
Pasta dishes tomato sauce, grilled or roasted vegetables and medium aged vegan cheeses. Serve at 16°C.
Corvina 40%, Corvinone 30%, Rondinella 30%
Italy. Region: Veneto
Body Value: C (A is light, E is full bodied)
Residual Sugar: 5
Contains Sulphites: Yes