Italian Editor Kerin O?Keefe reviews all Italian wines for Wine Enthusiast. Previously she?wrote regularly on Italian wine for Wine News, World of Fine Wine and?Decanter. She is the author of?Franco Biondi Santi: The?Gentleman of Brunello?(2005),?Brunello di Montalcino: Understanding and?Appreciating One of Italy's Greatest Wines?(2012) and?Barolo and?Barbaresco: The King and Queen of Italian Wine?(2014).
Ripasso is created when un-raisinated Valpolicella wine is rested in last year's Amarone barrels. This enobles the Valpolicella by extracting some of the elegance and power from the remaining Amarone lees. The wines are not ageworthy like Amarone, but they drink beautifully and represent a great bargain. That's what happened here!