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2014 Fasoli Gino Valpolicella Ripasso Superiore Valpo

Light label condition issue

Removed from a subterranean, temperature and humidity controlled residential cellar

Ends Sunday, 7pm Pacific

RATINGS

92James Suckling

A balanced and fruity red with dried-berry, walnut and chocolate character. Medium body, lovely center palate and a fresh finish.

90Wine Enthusiast

Alluring aromas of black-skinned berry, leather and tobacco lead the nose on this robust red. The concentrated, richly textured palate shows red cherry, prune and vanilla with a hint of orange zest. Velvety tannins provide support.

17Jancis Robinson

Deep, dark nose with peppery, alcoholic prickle and hints of Mon Cheri and nutmeg... The palate is amazingly supple and balanced... Just a little heat on the finish.

REGION

Italy, Veneto, Valpolicella Ripasso

Veneto in northeastern Italy is one of the country’s most important wine regions and has 220,000 acres of vineyards. It is the third largest wine producing region in Italy after Sicily and Puglia. Though Veneto produces more red than white wine, it is most famous for its Soave and Prosecco, both white wines. Venice is the best-known city in the region, but the area’s wine-making capital is Verona. Close to Verona are the appellations for Bardolino, Valpolicella and Soave. The Veneto is also home to Amarone, the densely concentrated, seriously alcoholic, big red wines made by using grapes that are partially or fully dried. The results are lush, sometimes nearly syrupy red wines that approach 20% alcohol, even though most are not sweet. The most famous conventional red wine is Valpolicella, which means “valley of many cellars.” The name is perhaps a reference to the fact that Veneto is home to a number of indigenous grapes not found elsewhere, including the deep red grapes Corvina, Rondinella and Molinara, all used to make Valpolicella. Garganega is the indigenous white grape used for Soave.