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VALPOLICELLA CLASSICO RIPASSO SUPERIORE, "GASO" VINEYARD, DOC, 2007
Azienda San Rustico snc


This wine is made according to ancient local custom. First, the grapes from this single vineyard are selectively hand-harvested in the beginning of October and then carefully transported in bunches for vinification.  The grapes are soft-pressed and then removed from the stems, followed by temperature-controlled fermentation on the must. The grapes are then refermented, as the new wine is passed through the must of a previously fermented Recioto or Amarone, in keeping with age-old usage.

This wine is happily matched with roasted and grilled meats, particularly game or sirloin steak.

88 "A subtle red, with hints of spice and chocolate accenting the modest cherry and plum fruit flavor. This shows a finely woven blend of flavors, light tannins and acidity. Corvina and Rondinella. Drink now through 2015. 2,500 cases made." Wine Spectator Web Only - 2011
Region: Veneto
Classification: Valpolicella Classico Superiore DOC
Area of Production: Marano di Valpolicella (GASO)
Grape Varieties: 70% Corvina & 30% Rondinella
Soil: Red and compact on Basalts
Average Age of Vines: 2007
Trellising System: Pergola
Production per Acre: 3.57 to 4.46 tons
Vinification Technique: Soft pressing in January; fermentation on racks which is cold-delayed with local yeasts; drawing off wine in March; refining time in Slovanian oak casts and barriques.
Maturation: Oak casks for 2 years
Total Acidity: 5.50 g/l
Residual Sugar: 5.60 g/l
PH: 3.40
Alcohol: 13.55%
Total Cases Produced: 2,500