Cesari Mara Ripasso 2007
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Already from the first olfactory examination the characteristic notes of ripe fruit, fruit preserve and cherries can be perceived. Its incredible persistence is striking: it lingers on the palate, where it opens in all its power with a warm, elegant body.
Mara Ripasso goes well with roast pork, game, and all red meats. Use this wine as you would a Grand Cru Beaujolais or a French Burgundy. It is also good with liver, duck, stews, and sausages.
Wine Enthusiast - "This ripasso by Cesari presents a solid wall of black fruit, prune, plum and blackberry on the nose. The wine is dense and luscious with thick layers of ripe fruit and spice. Pair it with barbecued pork ribs. "
Franco Cesari e Figli Winery
Gerardo Cesari, was a real initiator, when in 1936 founded the company, he became the creator of the soul, which embodying a care for tradition, his successors continue and encourage today, as an expression of distinction with the very same passion. The vineyards situated in the gentle hills in the province of Verona, as S. Pietro in Cariano where 40 company-owned hectars give birth to the Amarone.
Cesari's primary objective is the satisfaction of its customers.With this aim in mind, the company has set itself a number of different objectives: - to make full use of its experience in selecting grapes and wines to ensure it always offers the best possible product; - to ensure ongoing, vigilant monitoring of its vineyards; - to innovate and develop production through the constant modernisation of equipment. Each production stage is constantly monitored by a modern laboratory; - to avoid wasting natural resources and, through careful tests, to investigate the possible reuse or recycling of energy and materials; - to provide its customers with products and services that satisfy their expectations in terms of constant unsurpassed quality View all Franco Cesari e Figli Wines
Notable FactsThe wine of Soave is most common white wine made here. Occasionally you can find an exceptional Soave, but for the most part the wine is easy-drinking and refreshingly pleasant. For the reds, the most popular are Amarone and Valpolicella – both made primarily from the good structured Corvina grape. While Amarone is always made in the recioto method (drying out the grapes to intensify the flavor), Valpolicella has a few different levels. Amarone is made from very ripe grapes, which are then dried and then pressed, producing an opulent, concentrated, full-bodied wine that has a distinctive and powerful taste that stays with you. Not for the lighter fare meal, this wine is almost port-like and delicious with cheese and/or dessert. Valpolicella can also be made in the recioto method, but it's more often found in a dry style – the wine goes up in rank, from Valpolicella to Valpolicella Classico to Valpolicella Classico Superiore. And finally, the bubbly of Veneto – Prosecco. Made from the same-named grape, Prosecco is less fizzy than Champagne and occasionally has a slight sweetness. It's absolutely delicious as a value aperitif.
A little ditty about Italy...This country has about as many wines as its had governments. With 20 different regions, hundreds of DOCs and even more indigenous varieties, the amount of wine made in Italy is mind-boggling. Most of the juice, however, remains in the country for thirsty Italians. Wine is food in Italy and its rare that a meal is consumed without a glass of vino. That said, it's not common to find many folks drinking wine without food either. In turn, it's a match, and a mighty good one at that. In fact, it's safe to say that Italian wine is a foodie wine – one that goes on the table for a myraid of meals.
For regions, the most popular are Tuscany (home of Chianti), Piedmont and the Tre-Venezie, which includes Veneto, Trentino Alto-Adige and Friuli. Other communes of note are in Southern Italy, and a few good wines are made elsewhere in the country. The islands of Sardinia and Sicily are members of the Italian winemaking community as well.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
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