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Date Printed: 4/18/2014
Tedeschi San Rocco Valpolicella Superiore Ripasso 1997
Tedeschi San Rocco Valpolicella Superiore Ripasso 1997
(search item no. 39958)

PRICE ON 4/18/2014: $11.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This wine emerges with a deep ruby color and a youthful aroma of cherries, raspberries and red currants. The palate is fruity, warm and round, with good structure. This wine is a delight today and the intensity suggests a cellar ability of six to eight years.
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About Tedeschi:

Nicolò Tedeschi founded the company that bears his name in the Valpolicella area in 1824. He was a genuine personality of his time, renowned for his skill and moral stature. Throughout the years, his family has continued the traditional wine-making process, and today, the winery is owned by the fifth generation of Tedeschis: Antonietta, Sabrina and Riccardo. Each has various responsibilities, but it is Riccardo, the oenologist, who deals with production and acts as Tedeschi's Export Director.

Tedeschi utilizes two traditional winemaking techniques almost as old as winemaking itself. Amarone della Valpolicella is the only mainstream style where the wines are fermented to dryness, yielding deeply colored and concentrated wines, rich in character, and often rich in alcohol, too. The ripasso method, utilizing the drained but unpressed must of an Amarone, provides some kick to a more basic wine and is also unique to the region.

Each of Tedeschi’s wines must not only be as good as possible, but also as personal as it can be. Each has its own style and a clearly distinguishable character—the genuine “Tedeschi Trademark.” In order to achieve this objective, the family monitors every phase of the wine-making process, from the vineyard to the cellar, without ever trying to substitute nature or its laws in any way.