I remember fondly the days when my Grocery Outlet received from the distributors, disjointed, mixed, pallets of wine. These were closeouts, single bottles, a case or two of this and that, from the nooks and crannies of their warehouse. This was wine missing labels on one side, sometimes no labels at all, sometimes a treasure beyond measure in a Burgundy or Bordeaux. On one of these outings I found 6 bottles of Amarone. My heart pounded as, like a bear grabbing honey, I hovered over my find.
At the time I had never enjoyed the experience of an Amarone. Here I was holding 6 precious bottles, inexpensive, in a good year, from a notable maker. I felt like I had won the lottery. I could not believe how enjoyable the wine was. Absolutely unique and remarkable. Richness, depth, succulence. I don’t buy many Amarone’s anymore because I just can’t stand the price I have to pay.
However, I look for Ripasso’s, and seek a few quality Ripasso wines to keep on hand. I have found consistent quality from Zenato and Tommasi at a reasonable price. I’m a sucker for trying any Ripasso, so it was an obvious need to try this one and report back to you.
This wine does not hit my usual standards for Ripasso. I’m not saying that this is bad wine, not at all, but comparing depth of color, body, or ever flavor it is different than most all that I have tried. It was a pleasant and enjoyable wine. However, where many Ripasso’s take on a prune, raisin, attributes, gleaned from time on the Amarone lees, this wine has you experiencing much less of it.
This is a pretty reasonable example of Valpolicella wine, it is very fruit forward, with a slight kick up in richness from the Ripasso. There are bright cherry flavors and aromas that surround my experience of drinking this wine. There is very noticeable acidity in this Valpolicella, made up of 50% Corvina, 30% Corvinone, 20% Rondinella, although it is built in a way that it is easy to enjoy. A very respectable Italian red. It offers some attributes that lean into the Ripasso experience, but it doesn’t match best examples of the Ripasso experience.
At $8.95, a reasonably priced wine that is enjoyable on opening, and I found more enjoyable over a couple of days. I don’t know how much this Giormani will benefit from laying down, but I’m going to grab a few and see how they do in two years.