Bosan Valpolicella Superiore Ripasso DOC



50% Corvina

20% Rondinella

30% Corvinone


Veneto, Italy


Bosan Valpolicella Superiore Ripasso DOC

Boson is a single-vineyard Ripasso produced from 5 hectares of fruit grown in the prestigious Illasi Valley. Vinified using the Valpolicella’s exclusive Ripasso technique, the fresh wine was refermented on the pomace of the Bosan Amarone.  Full-bodied in style with a velvety finish, the bouquet is complex, layered with red cherry and spice aromas. Produced in limited quantities in only the finest vintages, this wine is aged 12 months in French oak barrels, followed by 6 months in large Slavonian oak barrels.



James Suckling - 92 pts

Medium-to full-bodied with a structured, linear feel to the palate. Not expansive, but firm and tight, precise and balanced. Good length, too. Nice to drink now, but should expand with bottle age.

J. Suckling, July 2021

Wine Spectator - 90 pts

A well-balanced, medium-bodied red, fresh and edged by crisp tannins, this offers an appealing mix of plumped black cherry, blackberry paste, wild sage and accents of coffee and smoke.

A. Napjus, July 2023


Decanter - 96 pts

Fennel, red cherries and plum on the nose followed by a wide spectrum of fruit and savory flavors. The palate is still fresh with well-integrated oak.

July 2021

Wine Advocate - 92 pts

From a hot vintage, the 2017 Valpolicella Ripasso Superiore Bosan shows dark fruit, dried blackberry, spice, tar and sweet smoke. This pretty wine would taste great with a hearty meal by the fireplace.

M. Larner, Dec. 2021


James Suckling - 93 pts

A tannic and rich ripasso that reminds me of many Amarones. Full body, chewy tannins and flavorful finish. Solid. Drink or hold.

J. Suckling, June 2019

Wine Enthusiast - 89 pts

Aromas of blackberry, toasted almond and vanilla lead the nose. The dense palate offers blackberry jam, fig and tobacco alongside chewy tannins. Drink through 2022.

K. O'Keefe, March 2020


James Suckling - 91 pts

Dried blueberries, caramelized orange peel, cedar and dried herbs. Medium body, Firm tannins and a tangy finish.

K. O'Keefe, Nov. 2018

Wine Advocate - 93 pts

Showing the boldness and sweet ripeness of this beautiful vintage, the 2015 Valpolicella Ripasso Superiore Bosan is an immediate and accessible wine that is teaming with rich, black fruit, exotic spice, tar and smoke. The blend is 80% Corvina and 20% Rondinella, and the wine undergoes the traditional ripasso method, in which fresh wine is re-fermented on the skins of Amarone grapes that saw 90 days of appassimento. After that, the wine goes into French oak for 12 months, where it gains in volume and spicy intensity. This is a good meat wine. Some 60,000 bottles were made. Look out for this terrific 2015 vintage.

R. Parker, Sept. 2019


Wine Advocate - 91 pts

A delightful treat. Bosan is regularly one of my favorite Ripasso wines. What sets it apart is the purity and the intensity of the bouquet. The style is bold and the oak tones are evident but well-folded within the greater texture of the wine. A wine of this intensity could pair with breaded veal chops or roast beef.

M. Larner, December 31, 2015


Wine Advocate - 92 pts

From one of the estate’s four vineyard crus, the 2010 Valpolicella Ripasso Superiore Bosan is 80% Corvina and 20% Rondinella aged 12 months in French barrique and then transferred to botte grande for another six months. The wine beautifully illustrates the potential of Ripasso and consistently wins high marks across the board. Lush, rich and opulent, it delivers an exceedingly smooth mouthfeel supported by cherry, spice, leather, roasted almond, espresso and exotic aromas. Sweet spice and cinnamon appear on the close. This is a seductive soft and shapely red wine. Drink 2014-2024.

M. Larner, October 2013

Wine Spectator - 91 pts

Elegant and aromatic, featuring silky tannins wrapped around notes of plump cherry, ground anise, cassis, dark chocolate and exotic jasmine. Very harmonious, with a lasting finish. Drink now through 2020.

A. Napjus, December 2013


Wine Enthusiast - 92 pts

Among the most consistently high-scoring Ripassos from Valpolicella, this is a lush, rich and modern rendition that’s tightly loaded with cherry, spice, leather, barbecue and tobacco flavors. The mouthfeel is smooth and round, with touches of sweet cinnamon on the finish. Try pairing it with osso buco.

M. Larner, November 2012

Wine Spectator - 89 pts

This shows lovely balance, as a floral note wafts through creamy flavors of black raspberry, currant, damson plum and star anise. This is silky and lightly spiced throughout, with a moderate, mineral-tinged finish. Drink now through 2017.

A. Napjus, October 2012


International Wine & Spirits Competition - Silver Medal - Best in Class

Highly complex and forward bouquet featuring raisins, spices, medicinal herbs and dried fruit, all very open and expressive. On the palate the full fruity flavours are deliciously smooth and barely contrasted by tannins, which are surprisingly soft, whilst a little astringency defines the finish and aftertaste.

2011 Wine Awards

Wine Enthusiast - 92 pts - Editor's Choice

Ripasso Bosan is a terrific wine, there’s no denying that. It offers intensity and aromatic complexity in the form of mature cherry, chocolate, pipe tobacco, cola and licorice. The mouthfeel is persistent and cleansing at the same time.

M. Larner, December 2011

Wine Spectator - 88 pts

Flavors of cherry, boysenberry and plum are lightly candied and appealing in this fresh, light-bodied red, which is framed by light tannins, with aromatic ground spices and tea rose notes on the finish. Drink now through 2014.

A. Napjus, August 2012


Decanter - Bronze Medal

Warm cherry jam, leafy, tart acidity, savoury but moderate tannins, with bright fruitiness.

2010 Wine Awards

Wine Enthusiast - 92 pts

Cesari’s Bosan is among the top three Ripasso wines available in the US market. This beautifully crafted expression is rich and complex with lovely aromas of ripe cherry, blackberry, leather, mesquite, cola, roasted almond and sassy Indian spice. It shows density and long-lasting fruit flavors on the close.

M. Larner, February 2011

Wine Spectator - 90 pts

Ripe berry flavors of blueberry and blackberry play off of smoke, macerated plum, dark chocolate and herbes de provence notes in this fresh, well-balanced red. Light tannins show on the refined finish. Drink now through 2018.

A. Napjus, September 2011


Decanter - Bronze Medal

Vibrant, bright, spicy and black fruit aromas. Ripe cherry and red fruits, good balance, elegance and power.

2009 Wine Awards

Wine Enthusiast - 93 pts

This concentrated wine offers aromas of tobacco leaf, stewed plum, grilled porcini mushroom and sage. The lush palate delivers blackberry extract layered with notes of chocolate and vanilla alongside velvety, embracing tannins.

K. O'Keefe, December 2014

Wine Enthusiast - 92 pts - Editor's Choice

This is a lovely ripasso with a bright, modern personality and intense aromas of oak spice, red cherry, blackberry, mesquite and cola. There’s complexity and intrigue here and the wine could use another two or three years of bottle aging. Alternatively, it’s delicious to drink now.

M. Larner, October 2009


Wine Enthusiast - 90 pts

No doubt: this is a seductive, modern wine with opulent oak shadings that translate into chocolate fudge, spice and crème brûlée. Beyond the big oak tones are cherry fruit and Indian spice and the wine renders a very soft and round impression in the mouth.

M. Larner, October 2009
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