Production area: Vineyards planted on the slightly calcareous loamy soils of the hills near Marano di Valpolicella, Fumane and San Pietro in Cariano.
Grape varieties: Corvina and Corvinone (70%), Rondinella (30%).
Yield: 100 kg of grapes yield about 70 litres of wine.
Ageing: 9 months in 50 hl big Slavonian oak barrels.
Refining: Approximately 6 months in the bottle.
Alcohol 14% vol.
Total acidity 5.5-6‰.
Sensory impressions: A clear, remarkably brilliant ruby red colour, with ruby-garnet hues visible at the edge of the glass, it offers a powerful nose, redolent of sour cherries in spirit, prunes, a potpourri of dry flowers, underbrush, cloves, fine oak, cinnamon and roots of liquorice: an ample bouquet, alluring and aristocratic. The palate is concentrated, with a silky, velvety texture, an extremely dynamic acidity and a pleasant strength; in brief, a big wine, with a long, clean finish.
Serving temperature: 14-16° C.
Recommended food pairings: A versatile wine, it easily pairs with pasta with meat sauce, semi-firm cheeses and cured meat cuts. At a riper age, it makes a perfect marriage with capon and guinea fowl, roast veal, pork ribs with sauerkraut or Wiener schnitzels.
Longevity: 6 to 8 years.
Santa Sofia, Ripasso della Valpolicella Superiore DOC, 2017