Valpolicella Ripasso Classico Superiore 2019 L'Arco


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Italy Veneto

Grape varieties: 55% Corvina, 35% Rondinella, 5% Molinara, 5% Croatina

A blend of several Valpolicella classic red varieties. Corvina and Rondinella are colors, textures and scents. Molinara and a very small amount of Croatina are used to further complicate the aroma. Even in this cuvée, the extraction of the red wine itself before Ripasso is light, and the focus is on extracting the skins of the Amarone grapes during Ripasso. The result is a well-balanced Ripasso that combines lightness with fine tannins and structure.

In Veneto, Quintarelli deserves the praise of "mythical producer" more than anyone else. Luca Fedorigo was born into a family of growers who had been selling grapes to this master for many years, working under Quintarelli from the age of 14, learning cultivation and brewing in close proximity to the master. After that, he became independent, purchased a field, built a winery, and released his first VT in 1998. Amarone is a long-term appassiment for about 90 days and aged in large Slavonian oak barrels. Thoroughly traditional, both in cultivation and vinification. However, just like Quintarelli, who learned cultivation and brewing, he also found possibilities in the French varieties of Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot, and brewed in Luca's own way, making Rubeo unique. Produces structured wines. In recent years, the quality of the wine made by Larco has increased significantly since 2014, and the head of the family, Luca, has begun to be overrepresented as "the second coming of Giuseppe Quintarelli".

The name of the winery comes from a stone arch called "Jupiter's arch". It can be seen from the road leading from Verona to Negrar, and until a few years ago the Fedorigo family lived near this archway. The Arch of Jupiter, whose origins date back to the 16th and 17th centuries, is one of seven arches that rise along the hills of San Vito di Negraral. For Luca Fedorigo, this archway evokes memories of the past, which Luca wishes to express in his wines.
In 1996, at the age of 14, Luca inherited the vineyard and peach orchard from his parents. After that, he started working at a prestigious winery in Valpolicella (Quintarelli Giuseppe Quintarelli), where he gained great experience and in 1998 produced his first Amarone. In 2000, he established his own cellar right next to his parents' vineyards, and started full-scale production in 2001 while working at Quintarelli. A proactive and well-founded winery that respects the past. While inheriting the tradition that Valpolicella's wine has inherited, we pay close attention to creating Valpolicella-like wines. In cultivation we respect the needs of the land and use only natural products such as lime, copper, sulphur, cattle and horse compost, but the vines can be endangered. In exceptional cases, do not hesitate to use specific products.