Solane Santi Ripasso Valpolicella Classico Superiore 2007 wine review by (PB)
Real time review:
Lighter cherry hue with a bouquet of light cherry aromas with loads of earth or mildew and vegetal undertones. (Actually smells "corked")
Palate: Good news; NOT corked! Quite delightful old world fruit with cherry accents and a deep layer of light fudge. Subtle pruney hints underneath relaxed tannins with a pleasant finish of light milk chocolate. (See earlier posts explaining "Ripasso" methodology; quite interesting and unique!)
Since I have not breathed this wine yet, the mildew nose may very well dissipate on breathing. Even during the time of this review (10 minutes maybe) it is already fading. I am going to decant this which I suspect will improve the bouquet quite a bit then will be paired with braised smoked pork hocks. (Later note--a little air solves it all!)
At $14 this is a nice quaff and a nice food wine so raise a glass and if you like Ripasso--you gotta try Amarone but expect to pay quite a bit more!