2016 Michele Castellani San Michele Valpolicella Ripasso Classico Superiore (750ml)

Corvina from Valpolicella, Veneto, Italy

B-21 Top Recommendation
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For many years the Castellani family sold their harvests to Bertani and other large firms who specialized in Amarone. No more. Sergio and sons now selec the best grapes of their huge holdings in Valpolicella to bear the Castellani name. Sometimes referred to as "baby Amarone," Ripasso does use the same combination grapes, capturing similar aromatics, textures and flavors, creating a more versatile food wine that is most affordable. Castellani's Ripasso is among the very best produced. Think risotto and hearty pasta dishes; porchini mushroom risotto or veal shank with herbs.


This fresh, harmonious red shows a lovely, creamy mix of crushed black cherry, subtle spice and mineral, leather and smoke notes. Medium-bodied and elegant, with supple tannins firming the finish. Drink now through 2023. 5,000 cases made, 1,200 cases imported.

91 points, Alison Napjus, Wine Spectator (Jul 2018)

Alcohol By Volume: 14.0%

60 bottles in stock. Ships in 1 to 2 business days.

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