2018 Valpolicella Classico Superiore Ripasso D.O.C


‘I Castei’ Costamaran

Quality wines have been produced from the Valpolicella region of North Italy since ancient times, but Valpolicella Ripasso D.O.C is one of the growing disciplines of red wine in recent decades, due to its added complexity of flavour gained through the addition of fresh and dried grape skins during fermentation.

‘I Castei Costamaran’ from Michele Castellani embodies everything wine drinkers love about an Valpolicella Ripasso D.O.C; this ruby red wine holds inviting aromas of preserved cherries and stewed dark fruits, with spicy and nostalgic undertones of baking spices on the nose.

Aged for 18 months in Slovenian oak, this wine is a full bodied, complex red that’s rich in the mouth, with good tannins and damn pleasurable flavour.


  • Aroma of preserved Morello cherry, stewed prunes
  • Spicy notes of fruitcake and cloves on the nose
  • Slightly Tannic
  • Complex
  • Lots of fruit on the palate
  • Full bodied


  • 2019 Wine Advocate (88 points)
  • 2018 Wine Spectator (90 points)
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The Finer Details

What does our Somm say?

A complex and rich wine such as this needs an equally deserving meal with strong flavours to really compliment this Valpolicella Ripasso.


Traditionally enjoyed in the fresher months due to its full body and jam packed flavour, the Michele Castellani Valpolicella Ripasso is ideal with roasted red meats, but also hearty vegetarian dishes.


In particular, a traditional Eggplant parmigiana, slow cooked stew of veal, roasted goat or even Chicken liver pâté spread on some crunchy quality bread will make this wine all the more enjoyable.


Outside of a meal setting, we love to savour the taste of this wine with a board of seasoned cheeses; think Monte Veronese ‘Ubriaco’, Parmigiano Reggiano, Aged Gouda, and dried fruits & nuts.


Whichever way you choose to enjoy this fantastic wine from Michele Castellani, make sure you use a decanter and let the wine breathe for a few hours prior to serving. This will open up the aromas and flavours even more, and the punchy, complex notes will be more pleasurable to the drinker.


Optimal Serving Temp: 18 Degrees Celsius


The Winery

Michele Castellani is a third generation family wine producer of some of the highest quality wines in the famous Valpolicella wine region of Veneto, North Italy. Set up in 1945 by its founder Michele, the Michele Castellani winery has indeed transformed itself, thanks to the substantial investments in the vineyards and in equipment made by his far-sighted successors, into a state-of-the-art winery that makes the most of the excellent raw material provided by the about 40 hectares of directly owned or grown vineyards.


Sergio Castellani, with his wife Maria, continues today the wine business and manages the family-run company through all the wine making stages. Together with his children Michele, (in the winery), Martina (administrative department) and Mara (International Sales Manager), the success in Italy and abroad confirms the validity of the project.


The Michele Castellani Estate consists of about 40 hectares of directly owned or grown vineyards situated in the hillside area of the Valpolicella Classico. The planting system is pergola except for few vineyards that are cultivated with the ‘Guyot’ system. The main varieties cultivated by the company are: Corvina, Corvinone, Rondinella and Molinara.


Both the new vineyard and the well renowned ones at Cà del Pipa and Castei, in the heart of Valpolicella Classico, present high quality geo-morphological and viticultural features. There include; ideal exposure, constant ventilation, soils with a well-balanced composition both in terms of nutrients and draining capacity, and carefully-chosen training systems depending on the vine variety (“Pergoletta” for Corvina, Corvinone and Rondinella, ‘Guyot’ for grapes like Oseleta or Croatina) with very excellent planting densities.


They combine these characteristics with selective winter pruning and summer thinning operations aimed at controlling the natural growth. The winery practices the selection of the best harvesting times, depending on the grapes phenolic and aromatic maturity, enabling the company to harvest grapes at the peak of their organoleptic potential.


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  • Corvina Veronese & Corvinone 70%
  • Rondinella 25%
  • Molinara 5%

Alcohol Content: 14%
Bottle Size: 750ml


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