Awarded 91 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their May 2020 edition's panel tasting of Valpolicella Ripassos (see blue link below).
Bertani Catullo Valpolicella Ripasso Classico Superiore 2016 - May 2020 Decanter review
We have created a 3-minute video tasting of this Ripasso.
In 1957, the Bertani family bought the Tenuta Novare, a unique place in the heart of the Valpolicella Classica area. The estate is situated in a green hollow, in a sort of natural amphitheatre, where the vineyards alternate with woods and lush nature. It is an extraordinary land where constant water is guaranteed by 7 natural springs. Amarone Bertani wouldn’t be the authentic and distinctive wine we know today, if this unique place didn’t exist.
Tenuta Novare has a continuous and unusual alternation of soils: clay at the bottom of the valley, calcareous soils rich in iron and manganese and soils rich in basalt, ideal for producing grapes destined to making great red wines.
The mild climate, as shown by the presence of cypresses and olive trees, defines this welcoming and noble profile of Valpolicella.
From this same site, the Catullo Ripasso is produced, an elegant, balanced and harmonious wine with a classic style made with the second fermentation ripasso technique.
70% Corvina Veronese, 20% Corvinone, 10% Rondinella.
For this wine, see the blue link below for the excellent fiche technique/technical note from the winemakers themselves.
Bertani Catullo Valpolicella Ripasso Classico Superiore 2016 - fiche technique
This is a wine of medium body, with gentle spicy notes of vanilla and chocolate and the typical notes of cherry, black cherry and white pepper. On the palate, freshness and drinkability (typical of Valpolicella) combine with a silky tannic structure and an intense aromatic persistence, more typical of Amarone. Fresh, soft and sapid finish.
Exel note: it has a markedly lower residual sugar level than many ripassos.
ABV = 13.0%.