TENUTA DELLE RIPALTE
Capoliveri - Isola d' Elba
Tuscany - Italy
The Tenuta delle Ripalte works tirelessly towards perfection: from their gorgeous estate to their vines, each choice is made with meticulous attention to detail. With only 15 hectares under vine, high on the southern cliffs of Elba, Ripalte focuses their efforts towards a select few grapes: aleatico, vermentino, and alicante. Each respective varietal has an intriguing history with the region, and many are praised for their quality on the island of Elba specifically. With an arid summer climate, quick-draining soils, and intense maritime wind influence, the grapes grow optimally. The wines of Tenuta delle Ripalte show the fastidiousness of those in charge of the estate: each is balanced, elegant, and suggests a good time with friends and family.
Bianco Delle Ripalte
A well-traveled grape, vermentino finds a happy home in the Isle of Elba, where sunny days provide the perfect warm condition for this maritime-friendly varietal. Dense, fleshy grapes are pressed gently and remain in contact with the fine lees for several months. The result is a wine plump in its mouthfeel, with striking mineral and saline content, cushioned by delicate notes of white plum, golden delicious apple, and sandalwood.
Brut Rosato Delle Ripalte
The prized grape of the island, aleatico, is featured in its sparkling iteration here. While most of the acclaim for aleatico from Elba focuses on passitos, often overlooked are the rosatos made from the noble grape. With a rounded mouthfeel and a balanced acidity marked by lingering minerality, this charmat method rosato demonstrates the lovely, delicate alter ego of the otherwise bold grape. Lightly herbaceous on the nose, with Mediterranean floral qualities throughout.
Rosso Delle Ripalte
A direct descendant of garnacha, and identical to cannonau, alicante expresses major variability based on its location. Here in Elba, the soil composition allows for grapes to ripen fully but difficultly; where the soil lacks nutrients, it is rich in quick-draining granite and mineral, shedding a powerfully mineral, lean light on an otherwise fat varietal. Beautiful opaque garnet color coats the glass of this wine misleadingly: the palate maintains freshness and a strong mineral quality throughout, with a more supple fruitiness than the color would imply. Soft baking spice and graphite develop in the bottle and glass.
Alea Ludendo Aleatico dell'Elba DOCG
Born from tradition and the passion of a select few wineries on the island of Elba, passito d’aleatico dell’Elba is brimming with the warmth and character of the island itself. Only about 20 hectares of vineyards on the island are reserved for passito aleatico, and quantities of these island gems are limited.
Tenuta delle Ripalte alllows their aleatico grapes dry in direct sunlight, where sugars are concentrated and a depth of flavor develops. The wine then undergoes a very slow fermentation process that ends naturally, giving the wine a maturity beyond its years. Ripe jammy fruits are enveloped by secondary notes of tobacco, spice, and Mediterranean herbs.