Ripasso is a process where, after the first few months of fermentation, dregs of grapes already used to make Amarone or recioto are added to the vats.
Dark purple color.
Smell of plum, leather, oak.
Fruity plum flavor, cherry, soft finish, begs for a ripe semi-soft cheese.
Fine full-bodied bottle for $16.99. I've only had a few Ripassos, some before the technique was openly spoken of (I'm particularly reminded of an '86 Dal Forno Romano!), but I've been pleased each time.
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