The Folonari Valpolicella Classico Superiore Ripasso 2009, is a blend of Merlot and Sangiovese from Veneto, one of the foremost wine-producing regions in Italy, both for quality and quantity.
The Folonari is medium bodied with a ruby complexion. I didn’t get a sense of the dry fruit – slash – raisin aromas that some have touted, but there was a discreet spiciness, plump cherries, and a soft touch of oak that compliments rather than dominates. The finish is on the shorter side. A nicely balanced wine with an old-world sensibility.
Pricewise, the Folonari offers great value, especially so when discounted a couple bucks.
Like most wines from Italy, this one is best served with grub. We paired it with some Italian cold cuts – what’s the Italian word for charcuterie? – though pasta, risotto and most meaty things Italian will do the trick.
NOTE: Also check out Steve Thurlow’s review of this vintage in Wine Access.
Here’s some recommended reading on the wines and wine regions of Italy.