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***1/2 drink or cellar 
Costa Mediana Valpolicella Ripasso 2011
DOC Valpolicella $16.95 (377648) 14.0% alcohol
There are lovely evocative aromas here—fresh red fruits, sweet spice and a touch of red licorice. Dry and medium bodied, this is a lively wine with velvety texture, harmonious balance and pleasant nuances of well-integrated oak. The ripe tangy fruit is concentrated; there’s a whiff of dried berries and chocolate while a pleasing hint of bitterness persists through the warm finish. Enjoy with tomato and meat-based pasta or firm cheese. (Susan Desjardins)