Michele Castellani 2017 Valpolicella Superiore Ripassa Ca' del Pipa San Michele
"A creamy, medium- to full-bodied red that expands nicely on the palate, leading with baked black cherry and date notes that transition to hints of ferrous mineral, cured tobacco and espresso crema. A tang of citrusy acidity keeps this fresh through to the chewy finish. Drink now through 2025." Wine Spectator 91 Points
Sergio and Maria Castellani farm 40 hectares in the Classico zone that are almost all planted to the traditional Pergola training system. The overhead trellis is making a comeback in these beautiful hills after many years of experimentation with cordons, cane-pruned vines and other international systems. The family sources fruit from two important single vineyards, Ca del Pipa and dei Castei, and each represents its own line of wines under the Castellani Michele & Figli brand.