Bertani Valpolicella Ripasso 2017
|Italy, Veneto, Valpolicella
Ripe and mouthfilling flavors of strawberry preserves and raspberry coulis are framed by silky tannins in this finely meshed, medium-bodied red. The fruit-forward profile is balanced by a savory touch of stemmy herb, fresh earth and softly tangy orange peel notes, ending with a creamy finish. Drink now through 2026. 18,000 cases made, 1,500 cases imported.
The 2017 Valpolicella Ripasso shows purple-tinged florals with hints of mulberry and a dusting of autumnal spice. The silky-textured palate offers polished red fruits and a sweet-and-sour note of candied citrus peels; suggestions of dark chocolate and blackberries linger. Although nicely balanced and fresh, the 2017 lacks the depth I expect from a Ripasso.