Alpha Zeta `R` Valpolicella Superiore Ripasso DOC 2016 Italy

* Cork
* 13.5% Vol
* Aged just over a year in oak
* Blend of 95% Corvina and 5% Rondinella grapes
£35.00

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Paul Roberts Wines are now stocking the 2016 Vintage of this wine, the 2011, 2012 and 2014 sold out in record time.

Ruby red in colour, with a concentrated perfumed nose of red and black cherries, with the ripasso adding a dried cherry intensity. Full-bodied on the palate, with lovely balance between opulent cherry-pie character and supple structure. Good length with a mouthwatering bitter-cherry twist on the finish. A blend of 95% Corvina and 5% Rondinella grapes.

This wine is made using a traditional Veronese practice known as "ripasso". Traditionally, the young wine was re-fermented on the skins of the Amarone grapes once they had finished fermenting in March. The new, more expensive approach is to ferment the young wine together with dried grapes in the January following the vintage, giving the wine more body and depth. This blend of modern and traditional winemaking produces a wine with a combination of freshness, structure and depth that is fairly rare among Ripasso wines. Following fermentation, the wine is aged for just over a year in a mixture of large oak and small, French oak barrels prior to bottling.