Casa Lupo Valpolicella Ripasso
DOC, Casa Lupo by Paladin, 2018
In the nose, this Ripasso smells a bit of hay, amarena cherries and dried cranberries. On the palate, it flatters with its character istically sweet Ripasso flavours reminiscent of cocoa, black cherries, Mediterranean herbs and clove. It is opulent and dense, with slightly furry, yet velvety tannins. A well-balanced wine with a hint of Amarone.
|Origin:||Italien / Venezien / Valpolicella Superiore Ripasso|
|Grape variety:||Corvina, Corvinone, Rondinella|
|Ripening potential:||2 to 5 years|
|Serving temperature:||16 to 18 °C|
|Food pairing suggestion:||Moroccan specialities, Brasato di manzo al Barolo, Rabbit ragout with olives, Roasted lamb gigot, Saltimbocca, Wild fowl|
|Vinification:||fermentation in steel tank|
|Maturation:||in large wooden barrel/foudre, long cultivation|
|Maturation duration:||12 months|
Italy – Where wine is a way of life
The Italian wine regions are extremely diverse, and this is made clear in their wines. Established varieties such as Merlot, Syrah, and Sauvignon can be found on just 15 percent of the total vine growing area. The remaining 85 percent is reserved for autochthonous, indigenous varieties. More than 2,000 different grape varieties are grown under diverse conditions and pressed with various techniques into wines that reach the top tier of the international wine market.
Veneto: land of the Amarone and Prosecco
Veneto stretches from the Alpine foothills, through the flat Po Valley, to the Gulf of Venice on the Adriatic coast. Two types of wine in particular have been able to celebrate spectacular successes here in recent years: Amarone growths impress with their opulent body and force, while the cheerfully bubbling Proseccos please with their fruity, grape freshness. But the region also produces drinkable everyday wines, including the white Soave and the red Bardolino.
Casa Lupo by Paladin
Casa Lupo is the Paladin family’s Valpolicella “subsidiary” and consists of 25 hectares spread between the towns of Negrar and Illasi in the province of Verona.
Visitors to Veneto usually stay at Lake Garda or in “Romeo and Juliet’s” culturally rich city of Verona. But wine enthusiasts will be tempted by the Ripassi and Amaroni along the southern slopes of the central Alps leading down to Valpolicella.
Paladin’s vineyard team cultivates the vines here all year round and takes care of the harvest. Vinification and bottling is carried out by a local partner to ensure compliance with the legal regulations for DOC and DOCG.
The name “Casa Lupo” has its origins in the history of the region, where many years ago Valpolicella was almost completely covered with forests which were inhabited by several large packs of wolves. It was literally the home of the wolf, or “Casa Lupo” in Italian.
The white calcareous and argillaceous soils are used to cultivate the red grape varieties Corvina, Corvinone, Rondinella and Molinara. The Mediterranean climate produces elegant, sophisticated and very complex wines, which delight visitors with their excellent drinkability and pair perfectly with local cuisine.
Travel tips for culinary and nature lovers
Trattoria alla Ruota
Via Proale, 6, 37024 Negrar
Antica Bottega del Vino
Via Scudo di Francia, 3, 37121 Verona
One of the best cheese affineurs in Italy:
I sapori del portico
Via San Francesco 48, 37024 Arbizzano-Santa Maria
The idyllic national park: Parco Naturale della Lessinia
In the small Dolomites: Hiking area in the Campobrun nature reserve
The cherry-fruity red Rondinella is number two in the league of Amarone grapes. The Corvina traditionally takes the lead role; Molinara plays the third violin. Winemakers appreciate Rondinella’s extreme resistance to fungal diseases. This is important because the grapes for Amarone are dried for several months prior to pressing. While this takes place in a well ventilated area, it is nonetheless advantageous if the berries are not susceptible to the consequences of potential moisture. Rondinella is also placed in the sweet wine Recioto, the second specialty of the Valpolicella region, as well as in Bardolino, the house wine of the nearby Lake Garda.
Born for the supporting role
The dark-coloured, acid-accented Corvinone from Veneto is almost never pressed by itself. Instead, it is a part of the grape variety mixture for Amarone. The grapes for this opulent wine from the Valpolicella region are dried and are ideal for the Corvinone. Its grapes are large, so they do not shrivel too much. The grapes grow loosely, and as a result rot more slowly than berries that rest too closely on top of each other. Corvinone is also found in Bardolino, a dry red from Lake Garda.
Everything stays in the family
This triumvirate is inseparable: the red Corvina grapes and their genetic offspring, Rondinella and Molinara. They come from Valpolicella in the northern-Italian Veneto. There they are processed together into the flagship wines of the region: the opulent Amarone and the sweet Recioto. The principle is always the same: the winemaker dries the grapes after harvest for a few months. Thus the water evaporates in the berries, and the sugar concentrates, similar to raisins. The Corvina always plays the lead role in this. It shines with a deep red colour, juicy, sour cherry fruit and mild tannins. It contributes the same qualities to the Bardolino, a dry red from near Lake Garda. A bold tip: try Amarone with grilled Wagyu beef.