2004 Tommasi “Ripasso” Valpolicella Classico Superiore, Magnum

12192008I was on one of my regular visits to Kitsilano Wine Cellars last week when Kirk pointed me to this 1.5L Magnum as a frugal and food friendly crowd-pleaser. I was thinking I’d be having sometime next week at a party, but the cork was popped last night when Candace’s brother Michael was over for some pizza.

I’ve gotta say – this is my new favourite pizza wine. Its flavours paired so well that it brought a smile to my face.

If you’re not aware of what a Ripasso is, it’s an red wine from Italy’s Valpolicella region made by fermenting the young wine with the unpressed but drained skins and lees left over from making Amarone. This blend of 70% Corvina Veronese, 25% Rondinella and 5% Corvinone was all dusty sour cherry fruit on both the nose and in the mouth with bits of milk chocolate and raisin rounding out the flavours. Very tasty stuff that is completely ready to drink now.

Kits Wine Cellars was selling the wine only in Magnums… and I’m headed over tonight to see if they have more.

$40 at Kitsilano Wine Cellars for the Magnum.

4 stars

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