I had not heard of Giusti Winery before a few weeks ago, but now that I know, I would like more people to know about them. I first tried their Prosecco wines and had recommended their Rosalia Prosecco. But they are more than Prosecco. The three red still wines I tried were all top quality; a Ripasso, an Amarone, and a Rosso Veneto. The Ripasso and Amarone were very rich, and flavourful, and ones that I could see going well during the Christmas holidays, or anytime during our cold wintry nights.
A Ripasso can be thought of as a baby Amarone, as the grape skins from the Amarone and refermented with the Valpolicella grape to add extra complexity to the Ripasso. Try a Ripasso with a cheese plate, a mushroom risotto, or grilled steak.
Amarone is the most full-bodied and flavourful of the Valpolicella wines and can handle food with lots of flavour. The grapes used for Amarone are first partially dried to concentrate the sugar and flavour, followed by fermentation. Try an Amarone with Parmesan cheese, braised beef ribs, duck cooked in balsamic vinegar, or wild meats.
Giusti Valpolicella Ripasso and Amarone
Giusti Valpolicella Ripasso 2012 (BC $49.99) – Nice red cherries and sweet red fruit nose. Medium body, dry and soft with nutmeg and sweet red fruit flavours. Very tasty.
Giusti Amarone Classico DOCG 2010 (BC $129.99) – Very nice nose with aromas of cedar, dark ripe cherries and ripe, dark fruits. Velvety smooth, medium body. Sweet ripe red cherries and sweet spices on the palate. Long length. Has soft tannins, but enough to give this wine enough structure without being overpowering. An excellent wine.
All I want for Christmas!
Giusti Umberto I Rosso Veneto
– Sweet dark cherries together with a whiff of capsicum on the nose. Fuller bodied, with flavours of ripe cassis, juicy black cherries, ripe plums, and chocolate. Softer tannins and medium acidity. A very good quality wine. Enjoy with roasts or stews, or a very flavourful pasta dish.
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