Luigi Righetti Campolieti Valpolicella Classico Ripasso is in effect a small version of Amarone and the same in most respects simply smaller. On the nose it is of dried berries, cranberries and cherries. This then leads to a full and generous palate that is simply packed with cherry and berry fruits with gentle spice notes.This is a generously wine, full of fruit and very easy drinking.
To understand Ripasso fully you need to understand the process of how it is made and its association with Amarone. Both Amarone and Ripasso are made from a blend of Corvina, Molinara and Rondinella grapes. Picked in October before undergoing the winemaking processes to make a Valpolicella wine. The newly made Valpolicella is then passed over (“ripasso”) and re-fermented on the pomace and lees of the dried grapes from the estate’s Amarone from the previous year. This gives the extra richness and body of Ripasso. Aged in oak barrels for twelve months, giving a velvety and harmonious wine.
The name “Campolieti” means “happy fields”, referring to the vineyards from which this excellent wine is produced. The soil in this area is lean and dry, giving the wine an intense cherry bouquet with a distinct scent of bitter almonds.
The wines from this vineyard are both Vegetarian and Vegan friendly but not yet certified.
Food Matching: Best enjoyed with food or with good friends. To this end it is a very flexible wine, I love it with a lamb, it is also great with game, particularly duck or with cheese.
Grape: Corvina, Molinara, Rondinella
Vineyard / Winemaker: Located in Valgatara, is located in the centre of the ‘Valpolicella Classico’ area. The Luigi Righetti estate is a small ,family run winery. Created by Angelo Righetti in 1909. Angelo soon a reputation as an outstanding winemaker. the family has focussed on producing quality wines offering extremely good value.
Th family have followed this tradition and Gian Maria Righetti is now a fifth generation wine maker carrying on the family tradition. The brand name was established by Gian Maria’s father, Luigi. Luigi took over winemaking in the 40’s and was the first in the family to consider production beyond supply of local demand. Today, Luigi is still active in the estate’s day to day operations and Gian Maria, took over winemaking responsibilities in 1985 and this remains a classic family run vineyard.