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Do You Love Italy???

Lo amo l’Italia!  I love Italy!  I love the Italians!  And I love their wines!!!!!

The times I’ve visited Italy have been delightful.  It’s a spectacularly beautiful country with the nicest people and fabulous wine!!!

Shopping at my favorite wine shop in Orlando last week, I was introduced to a really fun (and not overpriced) Italian wine.  The 2012 Torre d’Orti Valpolicella Superiore Ripasso is from the Veneto region, located in northeast Italy.

What is a Ripasso wine?  It is from the Valpolicella region north of the picturesque hometown of Romeo and Juliet, Verona.  “Ripasso” is Italian for “repassed”, and it refers to the process of fermented Valpolicella wine being “repassed” over the skins and lees left over from the fermentation process of Amarone wines.   This imparts extra color, texture and flavor to the Valoplicella wine!  This process also increases the alcohol content, because a second fermentation is induced.  This produces a wine that is bigger, darker and more flavorful and complex than the original Valpolicella.   Ripasso della Volpolicella received its own DOC designation in 2009.

This 2012 Torre d’Orti Valpolicella Superiore Ripasso is a blend of three varietals, Corvina, Rondinella and Molinara.  The color is bright ruby red.  On the nose are dried plum, black cherry and chocolate.  The juicy palate is loaded with the black cherry and dark berries and is soft, with an almost creamy texture.

If you like big, juicy, fruity wines (for example, are you a California Zinfandel lover???) you’ll definitely enjoy this.  Check this one out!!!  I think that you’ll love it!

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