Cesari Mara Valpolicella Superiore Ripasso DOC

Cesari

VARIETALS

75% Corvina

5% Molinara

20% Rondinella

APPELLATION

Veneto, Italy

 

Cesari Mara Valpolicella Superiore Ripasso DOC

Named after the Cesari family matriarch, Mara is vinified using the Valpolicella’s exclusive Ripasso technique. Fresh wine was refermented on the Amarone pomace to create a smooth, elegant wine with an aromatic bouquet of ripe cherries. Mara Valpolicella Superiore Ripasso boasts a persistent, warm finish with round tannins after aging in large Slavonian oak barrels for 12 months.

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2011

Wine Advocate - 90

Starting off on the right foot, the 2011 Valpolicella Ripasso Superiore Mara is 75% Corvina, 20% Rondinella and 5% Molinara. At this price point, it is a great value buy. The wine makes a perfect introduction to those who might not be familiar with Ripasso. It shows enormous richness and intensity with tones of black fruit, prune, Maraschino cherry, mesquite and smoke. Mara is aged in large oak cask (80%) for 12 months and 20% in tonneaux. Pair it with barbecued pork ribs. Drink 2013-2018.

M. Larner, 10/31/13

Wine Spectator - 87

A subtle red, balanced and structured by light, fine tannins, offering hints of dried currant, licorice string and sous-bois. Drink now. 33,330 cases made

A. Napjus, Web Only 2014

2010

Wine Enthusiast - 89 pts

This offers a slightly less formal and austere expression compared to Cesari’s Bosan. Perfect for chicken or pork roast, this delivers fresh acidity beyond the tones of cherry, cola, leather and barbecue spice.

M. Larner, November 2012

Wine Spectator - 88 pts

Open-knit and accessible, this fresh red shows flavors of black raspberry, gumdrop and dried strawberry, with hints of tobacco and spice. Drink now through 2016.

A. Napjus, June 2013

2009

Wine Enthusiast - 89

Mara is a thick and well balanced Ripasso with bright fruit and blackberry contrasted against spice, cola and cedar wood. The wine presents a chewy, soft mouthfeel with milk chocolate on the finish.

M. Larner, 12/1/11

Wine Enthusiast - 89 pts

Mara is a thick and well balanced Ripasso with bright fruit and blackberry contrasted against spice, cola and cedar wood. The wine presents a chewy, soft mouthfeel with milk chocolate on the finish.

M. Larner, December 2011

Wine Spectator - 89 pts

Well-meshed, with a fragrant thread of spice and dried herb accenting black currant, soft raisin, red licorice and graphite flavors. There’s fresh acidity throughout, and light tannins on the subtle finish. Drink now through 2017.

A. Napjus, July 2012

2008

Decanter - Bronze Medal

Bitter cherry with faint leafy character on the nose and vibrant plum fruit on the palate.

2010 Wine Awards

International Wine & Spirits Competition - Silver Medal - Best in Class

Vibrant purple rim with a nose of concentrated black cherries. Hallmark bitterness balances the intensely fruity palate. Lovely coating tannins and a long harmonious finish.

2010 Wine Awards

Wine Enthusiast - 91 pts

Cesari’s Mara Ripasso shows enormous richness and intensity that is underscored by polished aromas of mature fruit, spice, plum, mesquite and maraschino cherry. This wine does a very nice job of delivering both elegance and power.

M. Larner, February 2011

Wine Spectator - 89 pts

There’s a meaty side to this red, mixing with the blackberry, currant and ground coffee notes. This is lightly chewy, with good freshness and a smoky edge that lingers on the finish. A good wine for light and cured meats. Drink now through 2016.

A. Napjus, June 2011

2007

Decanter - Bronze Medal

Herbal, oak, raspberries and strawberries. Lush, attractive, delicious. Rich, ripe, fleshy and voluptuous. Coffee and cherry jam. Long, sweet finish.

2009 Wine Awards

2006

Wine Enthusiast - 90 pts

Thick and densely extracted, this ripasso has a beautifully tonic and fresh personality with persuasive aromas of dried fruit, black cherry, dark chocolate and spice. In the mouth, it offers fruit and crisp flavors backed by smooth tannins and good structure.

M. Larner, October 2009