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Cielo

Cielo
2015 Cent’anni, Ripasso della Valpolicella DOC

Pair this wine with:
Lamb Pork

Category: Regional Valpolicella

Date Tasted:
Country: Italy
Alcohol: 13.5% RS: 1%
92 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$18.99
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Cielo
2015 Cent’anni, Ripasso della Valpolicella DOC

Pair this wine with:
Lamb Pork

Category: Regional Valpolicella

Date Tasted:
Country: Italy
Alcohol: 13.5% RS: 1%
Dusty garnet color. Complex aromas and flavors of sandalwood, autumn leaves, mulberry, saffron, and fine cigars with a round, fruity medium body and a warming, layered, long finish with touches of smoked meats, cranberry mostarda, candied ginger, chocolate with balsamic reduction, and espresso with light oak flavor. A generous, sultry Ripasso that rewards that selective wine drinker.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth, Rich & Full & Spicy & Complex
Aroma Aroma: sandalwood, autumn leaves, mulberry, saffron, and fine cigars
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with touches of smoked meats, cranberry mostarda, candied ginger, chocolate with balsamic reduction, and espresso
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-6 years on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Rack of Baby Lamb, Lamb Tagine, Souvlaki
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A generous, sultry Ripasso that rewards that selective wine drinker.

The Producer

Cielo s.p.a

The Producer
I 36050 MONTORSO VIC. (VI)
Via IV Novembre, 39 Italy
39 -0444-485211 or 805-220-6035

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Regional Valpolicella

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Serve in a Zinfandel Wine Glass
Valpolicella is a red wine produced from the eponymous district near the town of Verona in Italy's Veneto region. It is a blended red made with at least two grapes - Corvina and Rondinella - although it may be made from several more grapes such as Molinara, Corvinone and Dindarella.

Valpolicella tends to have moderate tannins, so it can be consumed at a fairly young age. It also has good acidity, meaning it can age; while some lighter examples of Valpolicella peak at five years of age, a well made Valpolicella can drink well after a decade or more.

Along with red cherry and plum fruit, a typical Valpolicella has a pleasant spicy quality with notes of cumin, cedar and cinnamon. Pair these wines with hearty preparations, including game birds, stews and roasts.

The Valpolicella name is also used for two other wines from this district, both made with the same red grapes. One is Amarone della Valpolicella, a powerful red wine made from naturally dried grapes; this wine can age for three of four decades in the best instances. The other is a luscious sweet wine called Ripasso della Valpolicella, also made from dried grapes, but with fermentation halted to retain some degree of residual sugar.