MONTE DEL FRÁ | Valpolicella Ripasso | Classico Superiore | 2010
corvina | corvinone | rondinella


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Tonight we switch to Wine of Italy as we are going to review a wine that is considered a must try for any wine enthusiasts – Valpolicella Ripasso Classico Superiore 2010 from Monte Del Frà. This is a classic italian wine blend, that is famous for it’s winemaking style called the Ripasso Method and is considered as one of Italy’s best value wines.

Let’s take a deeper look at the tasting notes and the wine’s review statistics:


The wine has a pale copper color, it is deep and quite opaque, with the rim showing shades of rust and pale ruby.


The nose is savory and strong, with no signs of wine faults. The first nose unleashes nuanced notes of red fruits and nuanced earthy hints: cherry tomato, sour cherry, red bell pepper, red currant, basil, sweet potato, gorgonzola cheese, black cherry, red apple, red pepper, a bit of black pepper and a hint of moist wood.


The wine is dry and bold, with no signs of residual sugar. It has a high alcohol level, high acidity and seedy-dry tannin. The wine feels bitter, angular and herbaceous, with a clear old-world profile. It has a fair overall balance, as this is a earthy-savory, seedy and a bit rough wine with lots of baked fruit flavors.


The wine has a medium-plus finish, with a balanced-astringent aftertaste, that feels burning hot on the mouth-feel.

chartsThis is definitely a fine Wine of Italy and the overall rating says the same, with 89.9 points scored it is right there, among the best wines we’ve tasted so far. Please click on the chart icon on the left in order to get to the wine rating page, where you can find all the wines we’ve tasted to date.

Last but not least, we would like to add a couple of words about the Ripasso Method – after the top-tier Amarone wine is created, the leftover grape bits (the pomace) are strained off and added to Valpolicella Superiore wine. This amplifies the flavors of the wine and also produce a higher alcohol wine. Also worth mentioning here is the fact that some previous vintages of this same wine were highly appreciated (with 88, 90 and 91 points) by Wine Spectator – the leading source for wine ratings on the Internet, which is a great achievement if you ask us.

WineStatistics tasting results:

Valpolicella Ripasso | Classico Superiore | 2010

grape: | corvina | corvinone | rondinella |

region: Italy | Veneto

overall rating: | 89.9 |

conclusion: fine | highly recommended



(c) The WineStatistics ratings are based solely on our own knowledge of the world of wine and on our personal wine tastes, which may, or may not, differ from yours – the reader. There are no absolutes of right and wrong in wine appreciation.


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