- 93 POINTS – James Suckling (Nov. 2016)
The Ripasso’s unique tecnique consists of refermenting a Valpolicella on the sugars- and yeast-rich grape skins of the area’s most famous wine, Amarone. Luigi Brunelli is passing it on to his son Alberto, to ensure we can all continue to enjoy this wine.
It has an intense ruby red color.
It reveals a very broad, persistent bouquet with fruity notes of blackcurrants, blackberries and plums, alternating with faint hints of vanilla.
On the palate, it is mouth-filling and displays great depth, concentration and staying power.
Grapes Corvina Veronese 65%, Rondinella 25%, Corvinone 10%.
Area San Pietro in Cariano. Altitude 400 meters above sea level. Soil rich of mainly limestone over glacial drift, with lots of rocks.
Serving suggestions Serve at 18°C. Ripasso Pa’Riondo is a perfect match for pasta or rice dishes, rich stews, steaks, chops or roasts, and moderately mature cheeses.
Since the 18th century, the Brunelli name has always been closely connected to San Pietro in Cariano, the main village of the Classic Valpolicella area, one of the most charming wine districts in Italy. It is in this area that the Brunelli family has handed down from generation to generation the ancient passion which has made its wines known and appreciated all over the world. A mineral soil and rich in limestone, a rare and wonderful mosaic of indigenous grape varieties, a Mediterranean climate influenced by the breezes coming from the lake nearby and an ideal South-Southwest exposure which combines with a skillful and passionate work in the vineyards and with the appassimento technique, favouring the concentration of sugars and extractive substances. We discover, in fact, that the Amarone Campo del Titari, with its forthright style that pulls no punches, is the very image of a determined and enigmatic craftsman of the soil like Luigi Brunelli. The Estate is now in the hands of Alberto, of his parents Luciana and Luigi who, sharing together a great expertise and passion, have created a special range of wines that distinguishes themselves for both the virile and feminine values they express.
“It was August, and I was on my way to Verona to listen to the opera in the Arena when I stopped by the renowned Brunelli Estate. I was impressed by the cellar where the Amarone ages and the many awards hanging on the walls. But what struck me most was the pride in which Alberto explained the intricate process of preparing for the first grapes of the harvest. They were anticipating the culmination of an entire year’s worth of work, and not even a small detail could go wrong! That’s more than just dedication; that is what I call amore.”