Giusti Valpolicella Ripasso Classico Superiore 2017
Colour is intense ruby red tending to garnet with aging. The bouquet is also fierce, with spicy notes and hints of red fruit. Velvety and full-bodied with soft and elegant tannins. An excellent accompaniment to first courses, roasts, and red meat. We recommend opening the bottle at least half an hour before serving. The shy nose eventually reveals baking spice and ripe dark-skinned fruit. The informal palate offers prune and mocha alongside round tannins.
Ruby ruby-like ink, with garnet hues. It immediately releases hints of chocolate, with flavors of morello cherry in alcohol. The intriguing palette of red and purple orange, tobacco and medicinal herbs, cloves, and anise, cinnamon, and leather. The taste is balanced, pleasant, and fascinating, long-lasting, and persistent. It ages in Slavonian oak barrels for 12 months. The grapes are vinified traditionally in the first week of October in stainless steel tanks. In February, the wine is fermented on the skins of the Amarone grapes according to the ancient technique of "Ripasso".
The company's Italian base of operations is located in Treviso's Nervesa Della Battaglia, Joe's hometown, and is housed in an old WWII military base. Casa Rolando has been restored with careful attention to the building's historical importance, preserving a well previously used to hide machine-guns by the partisans. Treviso's landscape, like much of northeastern Italy, is still marked by military incidents of the first half of the 20th century. Mines are always found buried in renewed vineyard sites in the region, and evidence of bombed ruins dot the landscape. Despite the hardships of the past, this is a magical place for wine growing, offering a wealth of soil types, slopes, vistas, and a great cultural heritage. While doing their best to preserve and commemorate the past, Giusti has made newly acquired estates welcoming and alluring for visitors and oenophiles. Guest housing has been created at both the Casa Rolando site and the Abbazia (Abbey) property for those coming from afar.