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Red Wine Review: Second Fermentation First-Rate

Ripasso, made from the second fermentation – or “re-passing” – of the Amarone grape skins, is a consistent value performer. The northern Italian powerhouse Amarone wines cost a pretty penny, so it’s nice to have the option of buying a wine made using a similar technique. The Remo Farina Ripasso Valpolicella Classico Superiore 2005 (about $15 US, $18 Cdn) exudes rich aromas of currants and cherries, and deep, rich flavors of earthiness, chocolate, plum and more cherry. A very smooth a flavorful wine, and a fine example of the Ripasso style.

Quaffability Rating: 90

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“Red Wine Review: Second Fermentation First-Rate”