Cantine Benedetti 2005 Corte Antica Red (Valpolicella Superiore Ripasso)
This is a fabulous wine with robust and rich extraction and enduring aromas of dark spice, ash, coffee, blackberry and mesquite barbecue. The texture the wine imparts in the mouth is dense and opulent and it is lasting and persistent on the finish. This Ripasso is a small step from being an Amarone. —M.L.