The Ripasso style of Valpolicella offers superb value for lovers of the Amarone style. The process for making Ripasso simply involves re-fermenting and macerating Amarone pomace (The solid remains of the grapes after pressing) with fresh Valpolicella. In essence, the wine maker is reusing (Ripasso meaning repassed) the leftovers to add colour, flavour, structure and alcohol to the Valpolicella. The result is a wine with all the freshness and joy of Valpolicella but with an added Amarone style punch. It has lovely softness and offers superb value with dark cherry fruit and lovely spice notes from the 12 months in French oak.
Marchesi Fumanelli is a lovely, historic estate based in San Pietro in Cariano which can trace it's winemaking history back through 28 generations to 1470. They have the perfect blend of tradition mixed with a modern outlook which makes for serious wines that really stand out.