We review the Cecilia Beretta Valpolicella Ripasso Superiore from Pasqua Wines, available at Trader Joe's for $12.
After the initial fermentation the wine undergoes a secondary fermentation with the dried grape skins left over from the production of Amarone. The wine then spends 8 months in barriques and another 6 months in bottle before its release. It has 8.9 g/L of residual sugar.
The Cecilia Beretta Valpolicella Ripasso is produced by Pasqua Wines and in the U.S. is available exclusively at Trader Joe's for $11.99. It is imported by Latitude Wines, Inc.
This wine is obtained from the "Ripasso" technique, a secondary fermentation of the wine on the dried skins of the grapes already used to make appassimento wines. Aged in oak barrels for 8 months before being bottled. A full-bodied wine, with an intense bouquet of wild cherries and redcurrant, well recommended for roast meat and mature cheese. Serve at 18-20C.
The 2019 Cecilia Beretta Valpolicella Ripasso opens with pleasing aromas of ripe dark fruit with touches of prunes and raisins plus a little licorice. It's a nice start.
Taking a sip reveals a smooth and tasty wine full of rich fruit and good touches of spice. It tastes slightly sweet but is quite delicious in that dried grape kind of way. It features similar fruit to the nose with touches of spice and more licorice.
The wine ends mostly dry and with good length. We thought it might have even be a bit better on day two.