Musella Valpolicella Superiore Ripasso 2014
- Rated 3.5 stars
- Very Good
- Reviewed by: Treve Ring
- Published on: October 18, 2018
- Last modified: October 18, 2018
Corvina, Rondinella and Barbera planted on calcareous, red clay, tufo soils northeast of Verona make up this dusky, supple red, plumped up with the ripasso technique. 15% of Corvina is air dried for 4 weeks, while 20% of all fresh grapes are vinified as normal. The remaining 65% is “ripassato” on the unpressed skins of Amarone to gain colour and structure. It's aged in French oak of various sizes for 1 year. Sweetly soft plum, blackcurrant, thorny blackberry is kissed with perfumed strawberries and threaded with pipe tobacco. Tannins are softened, cushioning the plush, medium-bodied palate, finishing with well-placed balsamic. Through it all raises a strong stream of acidity, holding this medium-bodied wine aloft (not easy in this style) and at 13.5 degrees.