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ALPHA ZETA 09 RIPASSO
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Bottle Size: 750ml
$16.95
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ALPHA ZETA 2009 RIPASSO VALPOLICELLA SUPERIORE

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 unique among Ripassos. Following fermentation, the wine is aged just over a year in a mixture of large and small French oak barrels. The Back Story: AZ wines are selected and designed by a group of Brooklyn wine lovers who wanted to import delicious and stylish Italian wines to share with their friends. Ripasso offers a lot of the wonderfully ripe flavors of the Amarone at a much lower price without sacrificing the process that make a Ripasso a Ripasso: a process that is actually quite special and rewarding.

TASTING NOTES - Rich cured meats, red fruit liqueur, caramelized brown sugar and sultry earth tones make for a nice complex nose. The palate is loaded with raspberry in multiple permutations-- this is ripe and juicy yet not overly sweet as it finishes almost off-dry as notes of vanilla bean and framboise echo on the palate for minutes.
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