2010 Zenato Ripassa Valpolicella Ripasso

The waiter (at Cucina Alessa) brings an opened bottle of the wine to taste. Giving it a taste, I approve and we order a bottle of Zenato, Valpolicella Ripassa, Veneto 2010.

Menu Description:
Zenato, Valpolicella Ripassa, Veneto 2010 55
Dried fruit and licorice flavors blend with aromas of cherry and exotic spices.

The wine has a nice deep smell. It also has a nice smooth taste.

An employee (perhaps a manager) comes by and changes the glass, saying the wine will taste better in the new glass. Josh thought it was a bit lighter, and less rich. I thought it gained a sour tinge.

In any case, I love the deep smell, like maybe berries. It tastes smooth and delicious.

Yeah, a little strong finish which is nice variety to the taste.

The label states that the wine has a 14% ABV. 7:15PM PT

Taking the last sip, I find the wine has a sweet smell, sour taste, and tastes good. 8:40PM PT

2010 Zenato Ripassa Valpolicella Ripasso

Relevant Links:
Ripassa Valpolicella Ripasso DOC Superiore
2010 Zenato Ripassa (CellarTracker.com)
Valpolicella (Wikipedia.org)

Website Information:
Ripassa Valpolicella Ripasso DOC Superiore
This wine is closely connected to the greatest wine of Valpolicella: Amarone. After pressing the dried grapes from which Amarone is made, the Valpolicella wine is passed over the still warm marc of Amarone. A second alcoholic fermentation begins which increases the alcoholic content and the wine becomes richer in colour, bouquet


85% Corvina, 10% Rondinella, 5% Oseleta.


The grapes are de-stemmed and macerated in stainless steel fermenters for 10-12 days. Once the alcoholic fermentation is completed, the new wine is separated from the skins by light pressing and conserved in large oak casks of 54 and 75 hectolitres until February; this is the period in which the dried grapes are pressed to produce Amarone. At this point, the Valpolicella is passed over the marc of the Amarone for a period of 7-8 days at a temperature of 25-28°C. The wine is aged for 18 months in 500 lt. oak casks and barrels.


Excellent companion to game dishes, grilled meat and roasts, salami and aged cheeses.

Website Information: (CellarTracker.com)
Vintage: 2010
Type: Red
Producer: Zenato
Varietal: Corvina Blend
Designation: Ripassa
Vineyard: n/a
Country: Italy
Region: Veneto
SubRegion: Valpolicella
Appellation: Ripasso della Valpolicella Superiore
UPC/EAN Code: 098709436046, 641734000036, 641734000067, 641734000159, 8005631000124

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