Pra 2017 Valpolicella Ripasso Superiore, Morandina, DOC
Item Number: 13839
Sub Region: Valpolicella
Appellation/AVA: Valpolicella Ripasso Superiore DOC
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Vineyard Designation: Morandina
Grape(s): Corvina / Corvinone / Rondinella / Oseleta
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Viticulture: Certified Organic
Soil Type: Glacial; poor limestone
Elevation: 1,470 feet
Vineyard Notes: Besides Soave, Graziano also produces Valpolicella and Amarone from a vineyard that he purchased and planted in 2001. La Morandina is on the high slopes of the Mezzane Valley. Corvina, Corvinone, Rondinella, and Oseleta grapes are planted in calcareous soils of glacial origin. The limestone and surface marl fossils produce wines of finesse and elegance. Cool breezes from the Lessini Mountains guarantee big ventilation and slow ripening of the grapes. 2006 was the first production year for this vineyard.
Winemaking Notes: Ripasso is made by adding the pressed dried grapes for Amarone production to the second fermentation of Valpolicella. This enhances the wine's complexity and structure. The skins macerate with the juice for 5 days. The wine matures for 12 months in 500-liter tonneaux of Allier oak and then a few months in bigger barrels (1,500 liters) before bottling.
Tasting Notes: Aromas of fresh black cherries, plums, rhubarb and spices are prominent on the nose. The wine has more structure and oak than the regular Valpolicella, but there is still the signature Prà mineral nerve and freshness that one expects. This is a flavorful wine that will pair nicely with red meat and meat-based pastas.
About the Label: The unicorn is a symbol of purity. This label was found in an old Russian book in the Verona library.
90pts (2016 Vintage) Wine Advocate 12/2019
"The 2016 Valpolicella Ripasso Superiore Morandina would go down easily with a burger and fries thanks to the wine's accessible and honest fruit characteristics. It presents layers of black plum, cherry and dark currant, all backed by mild spice, smoke and tar."