Valpolicella, Veneto, $98, cork seal
Corte Giara is produced by big Veneto producer Allegrini, as a ready to drink range using fruit purchased from outside growers. The wines are readily available in Hong Kong and I've previously looked at their Amarone. Ripasso is made by fermenting new wine on the lees left over from Amarone production, thus adding body and intensity to fresh young Valpolicella.
The nose on this is pretty busy; it's intense with a real mixed bag of aromas. There's sweet fruits - cherry and boysenberry, but also a fresh floral aspect, seductive spice and meaty gaminess; yum, yum. There's plenty of action on the palate as well; it's all cherries and herbs, while fresh acidity balances out the sweetness of the fruit. This is a pretty wild wine, some may say it lacks focus, but it sure makes up for it with bunches of crazy fruit and fresh flavours. Corte Giara Ripasso Valpolicella 2007 offers plenty of interest for a very fair price; it's good easy drinking and goes perfectly with food.