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Zenato Ripassa Valpolicella Superiore Reviews

Zenato Ripassa Valpolicella Superiore

Learn More About Zenato Ripassa Valpolicella Superiore Through its Reviews.

2019 Zenato Ripassa Valpolicella Superiore Reviews

93 Pointz James Suckling

“A lovely mix of red berries, bright orange peel and spicy cedar on the nose, following through to a full, round and silky palate with very fine tannins that are well integrated into the texture. Lots of flavor and good length. Hard not to settle down to a glass or two of this. Sustainable.”

91 Pointz Vinous

“The 2019 Valpolicella Superiore Ripasso Ripassa is dark and brooding in the glass with rich plum and mocha complicated by crushed ashen stone. This is surprisingly juicy and energetic within, blending sour cherry with notes of sage and black olive over a core of brisk acidity. The 2019 leaves the cheeks puckered while finishing full of tension and spicy as a balsamic flourish slowly tapers off.”

91 Pointz Wine Spectator

“An elegant red, medium-bodied and fresh, with light, fine tannins framing a juicy range of sun-dried cherry and cranberry fruit, red licorice, eucalyptus, and spiced orange peel notes that linger on the finish.”

90 Pointz Wine Enthusiast

“This wine has a beautiful balance between fruit and non-fruit aromas from the start. Aromas of wild plums, dried leaves and fresh flowers each share the moment in the glass. The palate is soft and fruit-forward, highlighting black cherry flavors at the core of the palate. This fruitiness is supported by notes of turned earth and Dutch-process cocoa on the finish.”

2018 Zenato Ripassa Valpolicella Superiore Reviews

93 Pointz James Suckling

“A rather deep nose, with a mineral twist jumping out from the black chocolate and tarry blackberries. Quite juicy on the medium-to full-bodied palate, rounded by firm and resolved tannins. Attractive freshness to the dark-berry fruit in the finish. Lovely now, so why hold?”

93 Pointz Wine Enthusiast

“This wine is a touch reserved on the nose, so give it a decant. Once you do, aromas of macerated black cherries, blackberry jam and dried flowers will leap out of the glass. The palate is full in body with dark fruit flavors highlighting the generous nature of this wine that finishes with a kiss of acidity.”

92 Pointz Wine Spectator

“Enticing smoke and spice notes on the nose underscore flavors of baked blackberry, cured tobacco, bacon fat, and rich earth in this sculpted red. Packs a rich profile on a medium- to full-bodied frame, yet this is well-balanced and poised, thanks to fresh acidity, a minerally underpinning, and fine-grained tannins. Corvina, Rondinella and Corvinone.”

91 Pointz Vinous 

“The 2018 Valpolicella Superiore Ripasso Ripassa is peppery with earth tones and crushed stone giving way to black cherries and savory herbs. There are depths of silken textures here offset by brisk acids, as ripe red and black fruits resonate under an air of lavender. This is so concentrated and intense, yet communicating elegance, while leaving the palate fresh with hints of violet candies that linger. The 2018 will need a short stay in the cellar to develop its aromatics. Well done.”

89 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

“The Zenato 2018 Valpolicella Ripasso Superiore Ripassa shows plummy fruit, dark cherry, and sweet spice over a rich, full-bodied mouthfeel. The wine is sweet and spreads broadly over the palate with soft tannins and some evident sweetness. This is an informal wine to pair with grilled meats or spicy sausage.”

2017 Zenato Ripassa Valpolicella Superiore Reviews

93 Pointz James Suckling

“Very focused aromas and flavors of crushed blackcurrants with hints of spice, dried flowers, and ash. Intense core of fruit on the medium to full palate with almost a red-licorice coating to the fine, firm tannins. Long finish with persistent fruit. Very sturdy. Always an outstanding bottle.”

92 Pointz Wine Spectator

“A rich, medium- to full-bodied red with a deep toasty layer of smoke, brioche, coffee, and spice layered with abundant dried cherry, red licorice and roasted fig flavors. It's well-integrated, with sculpted tannins emerging to firm the long, mouthwatering finish.”

90 Pointz Wine & Spirits

“Notes of warm spice and green peppercorn weave through this wine’s rich, dark cherry flavors, framed by bristly dark tannins. It’s smoky notes will match well with anything off a grill.”

89 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

“One of the historic winemaking families of the Veneto, Zenato was among the first to experiment with the Ripasso process. Their 2017 Valpolicella Ripasso Superiore Ripassa borrows from this time-honored tradition. The wine is made with 85% Corvina, 10% Rondinella and 5% Corvinone, and the results offer an accessible, easy-drinking style (with 180,000 bottles released). The wine shows a dark ruby color with dried blackberry and smoky spice.”

2016 Zenato Ripassa Valpolicella Superiore Reviews

94 Pointz James Suckling

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“Lots of ripe blackcurrant and plum with black olive, clove, and licorice. It’s full-bodied and intensely flavorful with firm but ripe tannins. Lightly bitter orange-peel and coffee-bean notes on the finish. Plenty of backbone. A baby Amarone.”

92 Pointz Wine Spectator

“This rich, medium-to full-bodied red ripples with ripe black raspberry and blackberry fruit, layered with fine-grained tannins and accents of dried lavender, fig cake, and ground anise. Fresh and focused, with a tang of minerally iron and smoke on the finish.”

91 Pointz Vinous 

“Black raspberries, sweet viilolets, tobacco, and hints of licorice form a dazzling bouquet on the 2016 Ripassa. This is silky-smooth, with a dark fruit persona. It’s persistent and balanced, as hints of nuanced tannins and tart wild berries create a slightly grippy finale.”

90 Pointz Wine & Spirits

“Notes of tobacco and dark chocolate accent this wine’s flavors of dried cherry and cherry put. It’s a rich and spicy Ripasso, built for hearted braised meats.”

2015 Zenato Ripassa Valpolicella Superiore Reviews

94 Pointz James Suckling

100 Best Wines Under $30 from 2018

“This is so refined and focused with layers of fruit and ultra-fine tannins. Plenty of chocolate and spice, too. Medium to full body, integrated tannins, and a focused finish.” 

90 Pointz Wine Spectator

“This elegant red is well-balanced, layering light, creamy tannins and flavors of plumped cherry, anise, and orange peel in a medium-bodied frame. A hint of graphite-laced mineral lingers on the finish.”

2014 Zenato Ripassa Valpolicella Superiore Reviews


2013 Zenato Ripassa Valpolicella Superiore Reviews

94 Pointz James Suckling

“This red always shows a solid texture of polished tannins and ripe fruit with berry, chocolate, and black tea. Full body. Plenty of fruit yet reserved and pretty. The best in a long time. Drink now or hold.”

90 Pointz Wine Spectator

“An elegant Valpolicella, with fine tannins and fresh acidity layered with flavors of ripe black cherry, incense, and orange zest. A rich hint of loamy earth lingers on the lasting finish."

89 Pointz Wine Enthusiast

“Savory and ripe, this has aromas of black currant, underbrush, and cooking spice. On the full-bodied palate, white pepper and star anise accent a core of ripe black cherry. Supple tannins lend polish.”

88 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

“The 2013 Valpolicella Ripasso Superiore Ripassa offers bold aromatic intensity with relatively subdued aromas of spice, tobacco and dried fruit. The fruit tones come forward as dried raspberry, cassis, plum and blackberry. Despite the full and generous nature of the bouquet, the mouthfeel is snappy and straight-shooting. It shows moderate intensity on the otherwise exaggerated scale of bold Ripasso wines. Bitter almond and sour cherry flavors appear on the close.”

2012 Zenato Ripassa Valpolicella Superiore Reviews

93 Pointz James Suckling 

"A focused and ripe wine with lots of ripe fruit and hints of sultanas. Full body, soft and velvety tannins, and a long and flavorful finish."

89 Pointz Wine Spectator

“Savory hints of black olive and wild herb mix with ripe, sun-dried black berry, ground spice, fig cake, and smoky mineral flavors in this bright, medium-bodied red, framed by light, sculpted tannins.”

87 Pointz Wine & Spirits

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Notes of vanilla and spice accent flavors of baked cherries, with grippy tannins that are ready for a rare steak.

2011 Zenato Ripassa Valpolicella Superiore Reviews

90 Pointz Wine Spectator

“A velvety red, offering fine tannins and a pleasing palate of plump cherry, dried fig, espresso crème, and baking spices. Juicy and well-balanced.”

88 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

“With the trademarked name "Ripassa," the 2011 Valpolicella Ripasso Superiore Ripassa is a double-fermented wine that marries Valpolicella and Amarone grape pomace. This edition shows some of the heat of the vintage with dark fruit tones, blackberry jam, and soft tannins. It should drink well for up to five or six more years.”

2010 Zenato Ripassa Valpolicella Superiore Reviews

92 Pointz Vinous 

“The 2010 Valpolicella Superiore Ripassa is simply beautiful. Freshly cut flowers, dark red berries, and a gentle hint of spice caress the palate in a subtle, layered wine loaded with personality and class. This is a great introduction to the wines of Zenato. Best of all, the 2010 is a fabulous value.”

89 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

“The 2010 Valpolicella Ripasso Superiore Ripassa shows clean lines with cherry fruit and dark plum backed by pretty tones of savory spice and cured meat. ‘Ripassa’ was among the first ‘Ripasso-style’ wines made in this area and its fantasy name actually predates the denomination name. Bold darkness and ripe fruit flavors penetrate the finish.”



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