The 2016 Valpolicella Classico Superiore Ripasso Ca'del Laito boasts a seductive and perfumed bouquet, with notes of brown spice and tobacco blossoming further to show raspberry coulis and a lifting hint of fresh mint. This is quite savory, with silky textures ushering in cool-toned red and black berries and inner herbal tones. Sweet tannins come forward through the long finale, balanced by a concentration of primary fruits, promising years of positive evolution in the cellar. The Ca'del Laito is matured in a combination of 50% third-pass tonneaux and 50% large, 25-hectoliter barrels for 23 months. There’s beautiful symmetry in this gorgeous Ripasso, but don’t expect it to perform like a baby Amarone.
91 points, Eric Guido, Vinous (Feb 2021)
This is high-toned, with floral and spice aromatics and a core of macerated cherry, dark chocolate and medicinal herb flavors. The finish is grippy, providing a pleasing counterpoint to the silky mouthfeel and juicy acidity. Drink now through 2025. 2,500 cases made.
90 points, Alison Napjus, Wine Spectator (Oct 2020)