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Tom Doorley's Wine Of The Day

Friday, 7 December 2007

Tom Doorley chooses the perfect wine to match his dishes today!

Name: Ripassa

Producer: Zenato
Price: €19.75
Available: Searsons, Monkstown.
Vintage: 2005
Country Region: Italy, Valpolicella.
Grape Variety: 80 % Corvina Veronese, 10 % Rondinella, 10 % Sangiovese

Tasting Notes:
Yee-Ha! Hugely satisfying, gobsmacking nipple-twisting wine with heaps of black cherry and toasted currant fruit. Supremely juicy rich and involving - Go on, you won't regret it.

Given that decent Amarone is a tad exorbitant, we are delighted to introduce this tangy, silky and drop-dead gorgeous alternative at a very silly price. Lots of ripe tangy, burnt raisin and cherry jam flavours. Velvety smooth. great structure and length.

Any wine stories or awards:
Zenato gives the name "Ripassa" to this wine, which shares many of the characteristics of our Amarone. As soon as the fermentation is completed of the dried grapes for the Amarone, selected lots of Valpolicella are then "re-passed" on the Amarone pomace, thus initiating a second fermentation which increases slightly the alcoholic content and gives the wine deeper colour, increased extract, and more complex aromas. After 6 months' bottle-ageing, the result is a rounded, velvet-textured wine with rich, complex aromas of berries and an impressively lengthy finish that seems to linger forever. Ripassa represents one of the most important milestones in Zenato's winemaking evolution.

Searsons, Monkstown.
Jus de Vine Off-Licence, Portmarnock Co. Dublin
Michaels Wines, Deerpark Rd. Mount Merrion,  Co. Dublin.
Bin No 9, Goatstown, Co. Dublin.
Claudio's Wines, Drury Street, Georges Street Arcade, D.2
On The Grapevine, Dalkey Co Dublin
McCabes, Mount Merrion Ave, Co. Dublin
The Gables of Foxrock, Co. Dublin
The Wine Centre, Kilkenny.
O'Donovans Wines & Spirits, Cork.
The Vintry, Rathgar, Co. Dublin
James Redmond & Sons, Ranelagh, Co. Dublin

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