Blog Gourmet > ROCK RIPASSO

LoDuca - 9:18 am - 25 April, 2016

Written by Dr. Salvatore Ivan Italiano.

ROCK RIPASSO is a blended wine with a lot of room for variation. The grape varieties of this blended wine are the Corvina, the Rondinella and the Molinara.

Some winemakers - when making other types of RIPASSO other than ROCK RIPASSO - can even add some other grape varieties such Barbera, San Giovese and so on … …

In order to better understand the LO DUCA ROCK RIPASSO WINE we have to say something about the AMARONE WINE PRODUCTION. AMARONE is produced through an ancient technique called APPASSIMENTO that consists in drying the grapes for several months until they look something like raisins.  They are then pressed until the AMARONE POMACE is obtained. This concentrates the flavors and the sugars, resulting in wines with startlingly high levels of alcohol — sometimes 16 percent or more — and equally intense, complex flavors. The AMARONE POMACE that will be added to the RIPASSO WINE BLEND - of the grape varieties of CORVINA, RONDINELLA and MOLINARA - has a fresh cherry aroma complemented by a pleasant bitterness from which the name of the wine is derived. In fact, the word ‘AMARONE’ is the Italian word for ‘EXTREMELY BITTER’.

What does really define the ROCK RIPASSO, then?

Some semi-dried grapes used for the AMARONE wine production have been added to the blend. The LO DUCA ROCK RIPASSO is pulsed with bright, vibrant cherry flavors and floral aromas.
The words to be aware of in order to understand the ‘RIPASSO WINE’ are: Repassed. Appassimento. Pomace. Amarone. Rondinella. Molinara. Corvina. Cherry. Vibrant. Valpolicella. Floral. Extremely Bitter.

A kind subscriber of this blog wrote as follow: It is very interesting. Wine making was a very simple process to me. It was done by my grandmother and most of my neighbors when I was growing up. Grapes were fermented, pressed and put in barrels and voilà….wine. That is the only wine I ever drank until I was an adult and realized that wine was sold in stores in a bottle with a cork!!!

Prior to that when I wanted wine I went to the cellar with a gallon jug and tapped the barrel or when my grandmother stopped making wine went to the cellar and brought up a gallon jug of wine that one of our neighbors had made. Now reading your blog I realize that there are more sophisticated procedures and techniques that make each variety of wine so different. I look forward to learning more from you and for your introducing me to various wines.