Zyme Valpolicella Classico Superiore [Ripasso] 2015
(Veneto, Italy) - [JS 91] [WS 90]
Regular price $58.00 Sale price $49.97 Save $8.03
About the Winery:
The name Zýmē, from Greek, means “yeast.” Yeast is, of course, an indispensible element in the world of oenology, but it also bears a symbolic meaning, since it conjures up the concept of naturalness, a fundamental value in Celestino Gaspari’s professional and existential journey, as well as the process of fermenting, understood as a continuous striving towards transformation. In harmony with that philosophy, the winery logo represents a grapevine leaf in which is centered a pentagon, symbol of the five basic elements that combine to yield wine: man-vine-earth-sun-water.
Ecosustainability with respect to vineyard management practices, transparency of the final product through understanding of its production processes, and respect for the rhythms of nature: these are the cardinal principles of Zýmē’s approach to winemaking.
Tradition and innovation are the two complementary tracks on which Zýmē’s wine production moves forward: respect for, and attention to the historic wines of the Valpolicella area go hand in hand with innovation and experimentation with new wines that will enhance and renew the local terroir. Culture, history, tradition, innovation – a glass of wine is so many things, but in Celestino Gaspari’s heart, wine is above all yeast for the mind, and a yeast that grows a project, Zýmē.
This is a Valpolicella Classico Superiore made in the Ripasso style. It is not sweet as it has only 6 grams per liter of residual sugar. He chooses to not put Ripasso on the label because he doesn't want to compare it to other ripassos which, in his opinion, are too over done and don't represent the style properly. He prefers to make wines of elegance with a deft hand.
Notes of ripe cherry, morello cherry, and semi-dried plum. The palate is smooth and seductive, with an appealing sapidity and impressions of ripe fruit and spice.
Accompanies cold cuts, medium-aged cheeses, soups, and lighter meats
Town/Area: Negrar and Sant'Ambrogio di Valpolicella (VR)
Soil Profile: limestone and clay
Varietal Composition: 40% Corvina, 30% Corvinone, 25% Rondinella, 5% Oseleta
Vineyard Practices: organic fertilisation and hand-pruning; shoot-thinning, leaf-pulling, cluster-thinning.
Serving Temperature: 18°C
Residual Sugar: 6 g / l
Total Acidity: 5.7 g / l
Serving Temperature: 18°C
Ratings & Reviews
91 Points - James Suckling:
"The subtle nose displays strawberries, raspberry coulis and spices. Medium-bodied and fine, but dialed-in and tangy. Lovely when slightly chilled." (8/18/2019)
90 Points - Wine Spectator:
"A ripe and fruit-forward red, medium-bodied and silky, with sweet mulled cherry and baked strawberry flavors, accented by hints of mocha, candied orange peel and grilled herb. Drink now through 2023. 1,685 cases made, 50 cases imported." - AN (2018)
"This is very intense and complex, with an almost Port-like nose - earthy elements combining with leather and jam. It takes a great approach on the palate too, with very intense and concentrated notes of blueberry and wild currants." (Jan 2018)