2017 Tenuta Sant’Antonio Valpolicella Superiore Ripasso
2017 Tenuta Sant’Antonio Valpolicella Superiore Ripasso The 2017 Tenuta Sant’Antonio Valpolicella Superiore Ripasso Monti Garbi is a ruby red color. Aromas of red fruit and cherry exude from the glass. The palate is semi-dry, soft, caressing, fresh, savory, and fairly tannic with a spicy aftertaste.
Pair this red wine with rich entrees such as pasta with meat ragout and Italian sauces, grilled, roasted, or stewed white meats, and hard medium-ripe cheeses. The 2017 Tenuta Sant’Antonio Monti Garbi Valpolicella Superiore Ripasso is one of the world’s best red wine bargains. This wine delivers generous ripe red and black fruit aromas and flavors. Enjoy is hints of rusticity and spice with a well-seasoned, oven-roasted Porchetta. (Tasted: February 5, 2020, San Francisco, CA)
Most of the historic producers of Valpolicella are located on the western side of the denomination, but the Valpolicella district stretches east across several hills and valleys almost to Soave, and it is in this eastern zone that some new, exciting, and innovative wineries have been established in recent years. The soils in the eastern Valpolicella have a higher component of calcium carbonate, which imparts a higher acidity and bolder cherry fruit character to the wines.
Antonio Castagnedi was a winegrower in the Illasi Valley of eastern Valpolicella in the late 20th century who left 50 acres of vineyards to his four sons. The brothers Armando, Tiziano, Paolo, and Massimo worked as consultants for other wine estates in Italy and continued to grow grapes on their inherited land in Colognola ai Colli, but had bigger dreams. In 1989, they took the next step, buying another 75 acres of top-quality vineyard land on the high terrain of Monti Garbi (also in eastern Valpolicella) and making the leap into wine production as a family. The first vintage of Tenuta Sant’Antonio came in 1995.
Tenuta Sant’Antonio Valpolicellas are made from 100% estate-grown fruit from the Illasi Valley and Monti Garbi. They make three Amarone wines, Selezione Castignedi, Campo dei Gigli and Lilium Est and a Ripasso wine named for the estate, Monti Garbi and an everyday Valpolicella called “Nanfre”.