Tommasi Valpolicella Ripasso Classico Superiore
- Opulent and smooth, with dark berries, black pepper and velvet texture
- Veneto & Fruili
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A rich textured wine, with smooth tannins and dark berry flavours with a hint of sweet cherry on the finish. The fruits are complemented with spicy notes and black pepper.
- A ripasso wine from Valpolicella
In the late 20th century, a new style of wine known as ripasso (meaning "repassed") emerged. With this technique, the pomace of leftover grape skins and seeds from the fermentation of recioto and Amarone are added to the batch of Valpolicella wines for a period of extended maceration. The additional food source for the remaining fermenting yeast helps boost the alcohol level and body of the wines while also leaching additional tannins, glycerine and some phenolic compounds that contribute to a wine's complexity, flavor and color. As the production of Amarone has increased in the 21st century, so too has the prevalence of ripasso style wines appearing in the wine market, with most Amarone producers also producing a ripasso as a type of "second wine". An alternative method is to use partially dried grapes, instead of leftover pomace, which contain less bitter tannins and even more phenolic compound
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