Anthony Nappa Ripasso Merlot 2014 (750ml/12)
Fermented wild and without additives,named Ripasso this wine was re-passed over the leftover pomace of our Petit Verdot and Malbec grape skins for a 6 month period of extended maceration; expressing a dark hue and a rich full body, with notes of plum and olives, earthy, with hints of tobacco leaf, coffee bean and a long finish.
Wine Advocate"The 2014 Ripasso Merlot is "repassed over Petit Verdot and Malbec skins." Bone dry and unoaked, it comes in at 13.9% alcohol. As you might guess from the description, this is a little unusual. This technique is said to produce a bit more complexity and tannin. Some tannic pop is there, but this is not too fierce and everything is in good balance in this wine's youth, even if it is a little drying on opening. Its caressing texture is more interesting still. The flavors are dark, laced with some plum and herbs. Merely medium in body, it still manages to seem a bit bigger than it is at times. It is understated and a great food wine, but it is always persistent. Its fine intensity of controlled flavor is always there. Overall, this is a nice success, another Italian-styled entry from Anthony Nappa. It will be interesting to see how this ages. It might do better than I think. At the other end of the scale, it could use a year to calm down, but it will be good to go in short order." - Mark Squires, April 2016
Wine Enthusiast"A deep, stony minerality persists from nose to finish on this light-footed Riesling. Sweetened by hints of guava and stone fruit, it's a shade off dry but endlessly refreshing. The finish lingers on a gorgeously chalky, saline note" - Anna Lee C. Iljima, July 20165