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Massimago “Marchesa MariaBella” Valpolicella Ripasso Superiore DOC 2018

Massimago “Marchesa MariaBella” Valpolicella Ripasso Superiore DOC 2018

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Geographical Indication

Vintage

2018

ABV

14%

An organic, low-sulphite Ripasso wine produced by sustainable winemaker Camilla Rossi-Chauvenet. Tastes like fresh red cherries and cherry conserve.

As seen in The Independent: “It has flavours of cranberry, cherries and cinammon and aromas of eucalyptus. All that and a very non-traditional label.” – Terry Kirby, “The 12 Reds for Christmas”, The Independent 11.12.2020

 

Marchesa MariaBella – a delightful Valpolicella Ripasso wine – is made from three types of grapes: Corvina, Corvinone and Rondinella, all picked by hand. The wine is packed with tastes of fresh cherries, underpinned by notes of spices and cherry conserve from Amarone grape skins used in the fermentation process.

Winemaking

First, the bunches are gently crushed, and left for a long maceration. The wine is then fermented in stainless steel tanks to preserve the delicate flavours. After several months, Amarone skins are added to the wine, effectively starting a second fermentation. This adds structure and an intense fruity flavour to the wine, as well as increasing the level of alcohol. The wine is then aged in small French oak barrels for twelve months to soften the tannins and develop complex aromas.

Ripasso is a traditional method of winemaking in the Valpolicella region, making use of grape skins from Amarone della Valpolicella. Just before the Amarone wine finishes fermentation, the skins are drained and transferred to a vat of Valpolicella wine, that has already completed its fermentation. The Amarone grape skins continue fermenting, adding more colour, tannins and flavour to the resulting wine.

Camilla Rossi-Chauvenet was one of the first female winemakers in Valpolicella, and one of the first ones to switch to sustainable and organic methods. Her winery Massimago is now 100% organic. She believes in protecting animal and vegetal biodiversity in the vineyard. 80% of all electricity used at Massimago is produced by solar panels. Camilla limits the use of machinery to an essential minimum, with most processes done by hand.

Tasting notes

Medium ruby colour. Pronounced aromatic intensity, with notes of kirsch and cranberry, enriched by aromas of eucalyptus, nutmeg and fruit jam. On the palate, the wine is dry and full-bodied, with refined soft tannins, high natural acidity and a high level of alcohol. It fills your mouth with a taste of fresh red fruits, spices, herbs and cherry conserve, with a lingering fruity finish.

Ageing potential:

5 years

Awards

Decanter, Tasting by Andrea Briccarello – 92 points (2017 vintage) | I Vini di Veronelli – 2 stars (2018 vintage) | James Suckling – 87 points (2016 vintage) | Wine Searcher – 88 points

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1 review for Massimago “Marchesa MariaBella” Valpolicella Ripasso Superiore DOC 2018

  1. Martin Isark

    Easy drinker! A quality Valpolicella Ripasso that delivers clean black fruit notes that come threaded with fine tannins and ripe acidity. Try it and you’ll never ouch cheap Valpolicella again.

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