Valpolicella Superiore Ripasso ‘Soraighe’, DOC
Ripasso is the younger and fresher expression of the famous, highly-concentrated and dense Amarone wine.
Valpolicella Ripasso and Amarone wines are indeed special and unique because neither are totally made with fresh grapes like most other wines. Casa Vinicola Bennati has from its outset been devoted to producing the local wine Valpolicella, specifically the ageing of Amarone. These are still the flagship wines of their portfolio.
Ripasso is the result of two fermentations. The first, standard one, with fresh grapes as per production of Valpolicella Classico. This then undergoes a second, when adding the pomace (skins and pulp) left over from Amarone or Recioto winemaking – which itself is made from grapes that have been dried for 3 months.
The term Ripasso means re-passed, referencing the fresh wine being passed over the Amarone skins. It is this extra contact with concentrated pomace that gives Ripasso wine its deep colour, flavour and structure.
Bennati then finish their wine in chestnut and oak casks, further enhancing the rich and distinctive velvety palate with a aromas of vanilla and almonds. The wine is only partially filtered to allow for a more complete expression of all varietal aromas of the grapes. Any natural sediments in the wine are a further proof of its genuineness.
Magnums of 2018 vintage are available.
Deep red colour; elegant notes of ripened red fruit (especially cherries) on an undertone of vanilla, tobacco and cacao. On the palate it is very supple and long-lasting
Pair with: white meats, grilled or roast, hard medium-ripe cheeses as well as first courses with meat ragout or Italian sauces.
About the Producer
Casa Vinicola Bennati
Casa Vinicola Bennati is an old established house, founded in 1920 by Annibale Bennati, in the area of Cazzano di Tramigna, just a few kilometres from Soave. Annibale was the son of the famous Antonio, or ‘Toni Recioto’ as he was called in honour of the raisin wine of that name.
In this vinicultural heartland, their vineyards are in a prime position and are protected by the surrounding hills. High quality is assured by astute management and hand-picking is still carried out with optimum care.
In the early years the company restricted its activity to producing esteemed local wines, specifically the ageing of Amarone – which are still the flagship wines of the range.
Subsequently, under the winemaking direction of a younger generation of the family, Bennati has extended its interest to international grape varietals and wines from other areas, concentrating on both the character of the region and the quality of varietals.