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Valpolicella Ripasso Corte Giara 2017
Allegrini is one of Italy’s foremost winemaking families. Six generations have made wine from the 120 hectares of vines on their beautiful estate in the heart of the Valpolicella Classico area. Their Corte Giara label is for the wines the make as négociants – sourcing grapes from other producers but controlling the production of the wine.
Ripasso wines are made by taking the skins from an Amarone fermentation and combining them with recently made ‘basic’ Valpolicella. The resulting second fermentation produces a more alcoholic wine with greater fruit and tannin concentration. This is a great example of a well made Ripasso – earthy, bitter cherries on the nose and palate, loads of structure and depth, and a concentrated rich finish. 11 months in large oak ‘bottes’ means this big wine is approachable and its flavours are integrated. It’s a blend of 70% Corvina and 30% Rondinella.
In our recent Northern Italian wine video tasting I demonstrated the difference between different types of Valpolicella, comparing it with its stable mates the Allegrini Valpolicella, and the Corte Giara Amarone. I recommended a food match with a wild mushroom risotto, and for cheese the absolute winner was a Gorgonzola, which I ate with a spoon.
Italy – North
|Food matching suggestions||
Risotto/Paella, Umami, eg Mushroom
|Cheese Matching Suggestions||
Low moisture hard cheeses eg Parmigiano, Pecorino, Manchego, Blue cheeses