This is a terrific wine available at a reasonably low price point. The 2016 Valpolicella Ripasso Superiore Col de la Bastia is a blend of 65% Corvina, 15% Corvinone, 10% Rondinella and 10% other mixed grapes. The fruit is harvested from a vineyard parcel in Bastia, the same location used to make Fattori's Amarone della Valpolicella. This selection of grapes, however, is destined to the Ripasso method, which sees a second fermentation on the skins of the dried grapes used to make Amarone. Therefore, you get some of the inky blackness and rich intensity of Amarone, all delivered in a more informal and accessible style. This is a great hamburger or meatloaf wine. Some 10,000 bottles were made.
90 points, Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (Issue # 244 - Aug 2019)