2013 Tenuta Novare Valpolicella Ripasso

SKU #1261803

Tenuta Novare is a single estate that was puchased by Bertani in the middle of the 20th century and bottled under the Bertani label. This 2013 Ripasso is bottled from Novare's single estate vineyard which is located in the heart of Valpolicella Classica. Made from 80% Corvina Veronese and 20% Rondinella grapes, which were harvested at the end of September and immediately fermented in steel tanks. After the estate's Amarone fermentation was complete in March, the Ripasso wine underwent a secondary fermentation on the skins of the Amarone. The finished Ripasso then spent 12 months in a combination of French and Slavonian oak barrels before bottling. The saturated and bright purple color introduces a nose of black and red fruits including cherry and currant. These fruit flavors carry through on the firm and generous palate which displays fine minerality and manages to steer clear of being overripe.

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Staff Image By: Andrew Stevens | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/15/2016 | Send Email
This is a wonderfully complex, dark, lush, and full wine for a delightfully low price. Rich, ripe dark fruit reminiscent of Amarone but without becoming cloying or sweet and a pretty and floral nose is somehow still lifted by acid are all present here, There is a supple delicate mouthfeel even as the fruit comes forward. What is truly incredible to me in this wine is the way in which all of these flavors and aromatics play together in the glass and taste so big without having a high alcohol content (just 13.5%) or a huge price tag.

Staff Image By: David Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/13/2016 | Send Email
Wow! Ripasso with some acid and finesse? Sign me up. All the big bold flavors you'd want from the category without any stinking baked fruit or sweet overripe finish. Dense dark and lush, but with a wonderful acidity and an abv under 14%! The total package in my book - if you've been slaving over a proper bolognese this might be the perfect answer!

Staff Image By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/13/2016 | Send Email
If you love Amarone, but don't want to spend $50, this is a must try. This rich, full bodied wine has the power and persistence of a bottle twice its price, and will be perfect with everything from lasagna to osso buco!

Staff Image By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/12/2016 | Send Email
I always find the aromatics in Valpolicella intoxicating—that wispy, ethereal character calls to me each time I try it. The Tenuta Novare Valpolicella Ripasso is no exception: the nose is enticing, the palate presence is seductive, layered with complex fruit character, and the finish is rich and lifting in the same moment. The wine has exceptional balance and moderate alcohol at 13.5%, and is perfect for summer barbecue, roasted chicken or your favorite pasta!

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Alcohol Content (%): 13.5