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Tedeschi San Rocco Valpolicella Superiore Ripasso 2008

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13.5% ABV
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13.5% ABV

Winemaker Notes

30% Corvina, 30% Corvinone, 30% Rondinella, 10% Molinara, Rossignola, Oseleta, Negrara, Dindarella, Sangiovese.

Its color is a strong, ruby red; clear and transparent. Its bouquet is ample and complex with notes of cherry, raspberry and red currant that give freshness to the wine. The wine is fruity, well-balanced and well-structured. Alcohol and acidity are in good harmony. The wine is warm and round. The aftertaste confirms the character of the bouquet. This wine has a long-lasting and persistent flavor. Suited for aging (six-to-eight years).

Serve with red meat, game and cheeses at 61°-64°F.

Critical Acclaim

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RP 90
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2008 Valpolicella Superiore Ripasso Capitel San Rocco possesses a touch more sweetness and roundness than the Capitel dei Nicalo tasted alongside it. Fragrant dark cherries, tobacco, earthiness and rosemary are some of the nuances that linger on the close. The finish retains an element of vibrancy and freshness that is quite attractive. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2014.
WE 90
Wine Enthusiast
Tedeschi presents a beautifully balanced Ripasso with a successful contrast between elegance and power. The aromas here recall mature fruit, spice, leather and Spanish cedar and the wine offers a long, thick and soft finish.
WS 90
Wine Spectator
Ripe black cherry and blackberry fruit flavors mix with himts of rose petal, pekoe tea and dried herbs in this velvety red, which balances a pleasant sappy quality with tangy acidity, showing chewing tannins on the finish. Drink now through 2016. 1,200 cases imported.
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Tedeschi, Veneto, Italy
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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.

A large and diverse wine region in northeastern Italy, the Veneto is home to a vast array of different styles of wine. With no defining regional characteristics, it can be a bit confusing to the general consumer to parse through its many subzones, but the patient wine lover will find many treasures to be discovered here, typically at wallet-friendly prices. Red and white wines are produced here, with more emphasis on the latter, as well as the ultra-popular sparkling wine Prosecco. The region is sheltered from harsh northern European winters by the Alps, which form its northern border, but the climate is still relatively cool, making the Veneto ideal for white wine production.

Much of Italy’s Pinot Grigio hails from the Veneto, where it can range from neutral and inoffensive to crisp and refreshing. Soave, made primarily from the Garganega grape, has a reputation for producing relatively ordinary, bulk wines, but can be very elegant when yields are carefully monitored, with aromas of lemon, almond, and white flowers. Valpolicella is the region’s best-known red wine, with juicy, tart red cherry flavors derived from the Corvina grape. Recioto and Amarone wines made from dried grapes are a regional specialty and can be very intense, heady, and cerebral.

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Beyond the usual suspects, there are hundreds of red grape varieties grown throughout the world. Some are regional indigenous specialties capable of producing excellent wines on their own, while others are better suited for use as blending grapes. Each has its own distinct viticultural characteristics and aroma and flavor profiles, offering much to be discovered by the curious wine lover. In particular, Portugal, Italy, and Greece are known for having a multitude of unique varieties.

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