Wine Name/Vineyard: Zenato Ripassa
Wine Category: Valpolicella Ripasso Superiore
Grape blend: Valpolicella
Bottle size: 750 ml
State or country: Italy
Cases produced: N/A
The Barrel Cellar Score: 90 points
Review date: April 18, 2022
About the Winemaker: The Zenato family has been producing wines in the Italian tradition for over 60 years. It started when founding member Sergio set out to complete his “greatest dream,” to create a winery capable of harvesting the fruits of the earth and transforming them into emotions with “matchless” flavor.
Zenato produces wines in an area considered to be Valpolicella’s classic zone. The winery sits in an area that is revered for producing quality wines, and the family is advancing this reputation by producing great examples of classic Italian styles.
Color: Ruby with a Rose Gold rim
Nose: Cinnamon, pie crust, and oak
Taste: Crushed cherries, fig, and blackberry.
Assessment: Ripassa is inky and coating. It greets your palate with notes of perfectly ripened and freshly crushed cherry. Well-rounded tannins result in a silky-smooth texture, and the wine offers complexity in the form of underlying acidity and minerality. Considering the coating nature of the juice, and its full body, the finish seems a bit lacking; as the hints of fig and oak fade quickly.
The 2010 vintage is ready to drink now. Younger vintages should be cellared.
Pairing recommendation: Whole milk Mozzerella, toasted dates, Italian sausage with red bell peppers, or chocolate covered espresso beans.
The Barrel Cellar gives Veneto’s 2010 “Ripassa” Superiore 90 points.