2020 Ripasso Classico Superiore Ca' La Bionda

Grapes Rondinella, Corvinone, Corvina
Colour Red
Origin Italy, Veneto
Other Certified Organic
Classification Classico Superiore
ABV 14%

Smoke and damson, full and fine muscular fruit shot through with black pepper, espresso and clove, a totally delicious sour black cherry finish. This ripasso is made to the winemaker's Grandfathers' recipe where rather than just resting the young wine on the skins of an Amarone, it goes onto the skins of the Recioto as well as those of the Cru Amarone ‘Ravazzol’. This means that no extra sugars are required to restart the fermentation and the resulting wine is well balanced and characterful. The finished wine is aged for twelve months in three thousand litre oak casks. The wine relies on patience and gravity to achieve clarification and is bottled without filtration. The vineyards are farmed organically, though no mention of this can be found on the bottle, it is a personal rather than marketing decision as far as Alessandro is concerned. L&S (Sept 2023)

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The 2020 Valpolicella Classico Superiore Ripasso Malavoglia is dark and brooding, with a blend of wilted violets and crushed stone giving way to wild strawberries. It's round and supple, with ripe red and blue fruits contrasted by tactile mineral tones. Cooling acidity maintains a lovely freshness as the 2020 finishes long, staining and lightly structured, leaving hints of licorice. The Malavoglia spends just two days on the lees of an Amarone fermentation. Drinking range: 2026 - 2030 Rating: 92 Eric Guido, (Dec 2023)

Ca' La Bionda

We have long been on the search for a great source of top Valpolicella and so when a recommendation came our way from not just Fabio Alessandria at Burlotto, but also Christoph Kunzli at Le Piane we sat up and took note and we loved what we tasted. Ca' la Bionda was established in the commune of Marano di Valpolicella in 1902 by Pietro Castellani a dedicated grape grower and winemaker. Today the fourth generation of the family run the estate along organic lines (certified since 2016) and have recently refurbished the winery to make use of gravity rather than pumps to move the musts and wine. Vineyards have had traditional Marogne (dry stone walls) re-established to give greater exposure to purely autochthonous varieties (Corvina, Corvinone, Rondinella, Molinara). Ferments are with purely wild yeasts and Suplhur usage is kept to a minimum.

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