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Tenuta Chiccheri di Ruffo Giancarlo

Tenuta Chiccheri di Ruffo Giancarlo
2012 Valpolicella Superiore DOC

Pair this wine with:
Lamb Pork

Category: Regional Valpolicella

Date Tasted:
Country: Italy
Alcohol: 15%
88 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$21

Tenuta Chiccheri di Ruffo Giancarlo
2012 Valpolicella Superiore DOC

Pair this wine with:
Lamb Pork

Category: Regional Valpolicella

Date Tasted:
Country: Italy
Alcohol: 15%
Dark brick red color. Woody aromas of cedar, raisins, and fruit cake with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium body and a smooth, amusing, medium-length dried figs, dates, dried orange peel, and salted caramel finish with moderate oak flavor. A fruit-forward, cedar-scented Valpolicella for Ripasso fans.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Oaky, Fruity & Juicy & Smooth
Aroma Aroma: cedar, raisins, and fruit cake
Taste Flavor: dried figs, dates, dried orange peel, and salted caramel
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Peking Duck, Lamb Tagine, Souvlaki
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A fruit-forward, cedar-scented Valpolicella for ripasso fans.

The Producer

Angelo Beverage LLC

The Producer

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.