Musella Ripasso di Valpolicella Superiore

Musella Ripasso di Valpolicella Superiore

24.99 26.00

This Musella is Ripasso di Valpolicella Superiore- Superiore meaning that it’s at the upper quality levels of Valpolicella wines, made using riper grapes and aged for 12 months in a mix of 225 and 500 liter barrels of various European origins such as French, Slovenian, and Hungarian. It’s a blend of 70% Corvina and Corvinone, the most highly regarded of Valpolicella grapes. Another 20% is comprised of Rondinella, with 10% Barbera, a grape which is less common in the region, but sometimes added for color and roundness. A nice bottle for everyday drinking, and a great value. 

Region: Valpolicella Superiore DOC, Veneto, Italy
Vineyard: Musella Estate Vineyards
Grapes: 70% Corvina and Corvinone, Rondinella 20%, and 10% Barbera
Aging: 12 months in a mix of 225 and 500 liters barrels of various European origins
Body: Medium
Drink This if you Like: Amarone
Food Pairings: Hard Aged and Blue Cheeses, Roast Beef, Beet Salad

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When was the last time you had a bottle of Valpolicella? A wine long considered among of best of what Italy has to offer, it seems to have fallen out of fashion, along with its big brother Amarone. Perhaps one reason it fell out of fashion is that some Valpolicella are slightly sweet, and many people have turned a cold shoulder to sweet wines in the recent past- but now sweet reds are trending up once again. Lately, I’ve stumbled on to a few nice Valpolicella, shared them with friends, and received very positive feedback.

Valpolicella is an area within the Veneto region of Italy, Northeast of Verona. Along with Amarone, it’s made using the traditional grapes of Corvina. Corvinone, and Rondinella. Often, the grapes are left out to dry, concentrating their flavors, in order to achieve that signature dense and raisin-like characteristic.

Just to clarify, this is not a dessert wine, I would classify it as a regular red wine, along with Chianti and Bordeaux. It does have just a hint of sweetness, but it’s actually much lighter than many Valpolicella I’ve had- not heavy or cloyingly sweet. It’s fairly delicate with hints of florality, notes of dried leaves, and stewed plums on the nose. The palate is soft and easy drinking, showing notes of dried cherries and figs, with classic Italian spicy character and hints of rich topsoil-like earth.