I have been sampling this wine over the last three nights, and it has got better each time. It’s made by Nicola Ferrari (a bloke – in Italy, Nicola isn’t a girl’s name), who has been for 12 years the winemaker at Quintarelli, a job he took at the tender age of 26. He’s now making wine from 3 hectares of his own vineyards, and this Ripasso is just supern. UK agent is Swig (www.swig.co.uk) and the retail price for this wine is £19.50.
Monte Santoccio Valpolicella Ripasso 2009 Veneto, Italy
Wonderfully aromatic, with note of cherries, herbs and spices, as well as some sweet liquer-like notes. The palate is fresh, elegant and a bit grippy with a savoury, spicy quality and some damson/bitter plum notes under the sweet cherry fruit. I love the complex sweet tea leaf and herb characters. Lovely precision her. 94/100
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