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Valpolicella Superiore Ripasso 2016

Per Bottle: $33.45
Per case of 12: $401.40
Producer: Musella
Vintage: 2016
Production Area: Valpolicella
Type: Red Wine
Alcohol: 14%

Musella refers to the 2016 vintage as “the perfect year, the one that happens every ten or twelve years”. “One of the best wines we’ve ever produced. Top!”


The winter and spring both saw very classic and consistent temperatures, summer came early and was moderately warm with useful rainfall on a regular basis.  Harvest was carried through without rain. This vintage yielded perfectly balanced fruit to produce serious wines built for long-term ageing.


At the winery, unpressed Amarone pomace is macerated with the fresh Valpolicella (this method of production is referred to as “Ripasso”). This enhances the colour and structure of the wine. 12-15 days of fermentation-maceration on the skins, at 20 to 26 C° in stainless steel tanks.  Regular punch down of skins occurs twice per day. After pressing, malolactic fermentation takes place in oak barrels (2 or 3 years old) of 225, 350 and 500 litres for 12 months. Blending is completed in stainless steel tanks

Taste: This expression of Valpolicella Ripasso is dry, medium bodied and highly complex. Lots of dried fruit present from the ripasso method, along with fresh red fruit. Notes of red and black cherry, damson plum and black current. There are some notes of cinnamon, clove and nutmeg due to the use of oak barrel along with an underlying aroma of dark chocolate. The flavours are dense but the wine finishes long with a bright, refreshing acidity.
Cellaring Potential: Drink now or cellar for 6+ years
Food Matching: The perfect pairing with game meat (such as wild boar or pheasant), mushroom risotto, or hard medium-ripe cheeses.

Valpolicella Superiore Ripasso 2016

Valpolicella Superiore Ripasso 2016