L'ARCO

Negrar VR, Italy (Valpolicella)

Ripasso

Valpolicella Classico Superiore

60% Corvina and Corvinone, 30% Rondinella,
10% Molinara

The classic wines of the Valpolicella are centered around the dried grapes used for making Amarone. The Ripasso style refers to the repassing of fresh juice over the dried, pressed skins after the Amarone is made. This process makes for a truly enjoyable wine, combining complex fruit flavors of both dried and fresh fruit. The palate is giving and lush with a fine weight that brings with it cigar box spice notes and wild herbs.

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This is no ordinary Valpolicella Ripasso. It is from the coveted Classic zone and it is a superior style, both in name and in attributes. 3 years of aging before bottling, this wine spends 2 years in large traditional Slavonian oak barrels. A dry, structured wine that will age gracefully, the L'Arco Ripasso is a testament to perfectly cultivated old-vine vineyards, native yeast fermentation, and decades of expertise in both the vineyard and winery.

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Rubeo

Veronese Rosso IGT

Cab Franc 40%, 30% Corvina,15% Rondinella, Molinara 5%, Merlot 5%, Cab Sauv 5%

This wine has a special place in Luca's heart. Named after the latin term for ruby, it combines the classic Amarone with dried Cab Franc, which is ruby like, in size and color. The rich, concentrated flavors of Amarone share the stage with more earthy flavors accentuating the tobacco, oregano, green peppercorn, and tannins of the Cab Franc.

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This is a special gem in the crown of the L'Arco estate. In 2004 Luca planted a field blend of Bordeaux varieties, with a focus on Cab Franc. These dried Bordeaux grapes are blended masterfully with Amarone. The tannin structure of the small berry of Cab Franc gives this wine an age-worthy structure that will not disappoint for many years. This wine is aged a total of 4 years before release, with 3+ years in large Botti barrel.

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