This was a classically-dilineated Ripasso Valpolicella. Exactly mid-point between a crisp, light, cherryish straight-up Valpo and a rich, deeply-fruited and large-boned Amarone.
Dark brickish ruby. Medium intensity nose, which repays patient sniffing with scents of deep, dried cherries, tobacco, fruitcake, and earthy minerals. Medium-full bodied, with flavors of intense, winey cherries and minerally gravel. It's bone dry, with lots of extract, a fair amount of tannin, and good acidity. I think this will age nicely for another 2-3 years. This would pair nicely with a wide range of Italian meat stews, pot roasts, and meat-sauced pastas. B+. Was $15.99 at Trader Joe's in Clarendon/Arlington, so it's a pretty good value. Imported by Prestige Wine Imports.