Mara Valpolicella Superiore Ripasso DOC



50% Corvina

30% Corvinone

20% Rondinella


Veneto, Italy


Mara Valpolicella Superiore Ripasso DOC

Named after the Cesari family matriarch, Mara is vinified using the Valpolicella’s exclusive Ripasso technique. Fresh wine was refermented on the Amarone pomace to create a smooth, elegant wine with an aromatic bouquet of ripe cherries. Mara Valpolicella Superiore Ripasso boasts a persistent, warm finish with round tannins after aging in large Slavonian oak barrels for 12 months.



James Suckling - 91 pts

Some savory cherries, cranberries, tree bark and some dried, spiced strawberries on the nose that follow through to a medium-bodied palate showing generous, bountiful red fruit. Silky and juicy finish.

J. Suckling, August 2022


Wine Spectator - 89 pts

A well-balanced and accessible red, with deep, dark notes of smoke and espresso underscoring the chopped cherry and dried fig flavors. Light, creamy tannins emerge on the fresh finish, which echoes with hints of orange peel and bay leaf.

A. Napjus, Feb. 2022


James Suckling - 93 pts

Here’s a Valpolicella Ripasso that reveals such complexity on the nose — from oyster-shell to forest-floor notes and preserved lemons —before you even notice the bulwark of dried blackberries and blueberries. The medium-to full-bodied palate has Bordeaux-like polish and effortlessness, easily rolling through layered blue fruit and spice undertones. Excellent value. Drink now or hold.

J. Suckling, Nov. 2019

Wine Enthusiast - 88 pts

Aromas of dark berry, almond and cooking spice emerge from the glass. The savory palate offers dried black cherry, black pepper and tobacco alongside solid tannins. Enjoy through 2023.

K. O'Keefe, March 2020


Tasting Panel - 90 pts

Dark, deep and juicy with concentration and ripe blackberry and cassis; juicy, clean and intense with tangy style; lively, balanced and long.

A. Dias Blue, September 2015


Chicago Tribune - Veneto Red to Try

“Veneto Red Boast a Storied Past”

Various winemaking and aging regimens conspire for complexity; one delicious ripasso.

September 19, 2014


Wine Advocate - 90

Starting off on the right foot, the 2011 Valpolicella Ripasso Superiore Mara is 75% Corvina, 20% Rondinella and 5% Molinara. At this price point, it is a great value buy. The wine makes a perfect introduction to those who might not be familiar with Ripasso. It shows enormous richness and intensity with tones of black fruit, prune, Maraschino cherry, mesquite and smoke. Mara is aged in large oak cask (80%) for 12 months and 20% in tonneaux. Pair it with barbecued pork ribs. Drink 2013-2018.

M. Larner, 10/31/13

Wine Spectator - 87

A subtle red, balanced and structured by light, fine tannins, offering hints of dried currant, licorice string and sous-bois. Drink now. 33,330 cases made

A. Napjus, Web Only 2014


Wine Enthusiast - 89 pts

This offers a slightly less formal and austere expression compared to Cesari’s Bosan. Perfect for chicken or pork roast, this delivers fresh acidity beyond the tones of cherry, cola, leather and barbecue spice.

M. Larner, November 2012

Wine Spectator - 88 pts

Open-knit and accessible, this fresh red shows flavors of black raspberry, gumdrop and dried strawberry, with hints of tobacco and spice. Drink now through 2016.

A. Napjus, June 2013


Wine Enthusiast - 89

Mara is a thick and well balanced Ripasso with bright fruit and blackberry contrasted against spice, cola and cedar wood. The wine presents a chewy, soft mouthfeel with milk chocolate on the finish.

M. Larner, 12/1/11

Wine Enthusiast - 89 pts

Mara is a thick and well balanced Ripasso with bright fruit and blackberry contrasted against spice, cola and cedar wood. The wine presents a chewy, soft mouthfeel with milk chocolate on the finish.

M. Larner, December 2011

Wine Spectator - 89 pts

Well-meshed, with a fragrant thread of spice and dried herb accenting black currant, soft raisin, red licorice and graphite flavors. There’s fresh acidity throughout, and light tannins on the subtle finish. Drink now through 2017.

A. Napjus, July 2012


Decanter - Bronze Medal

Bitter cherry with faint leafy character on the nose and vibrant plum fruit on the palate.

2010 Wine Awards

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

Vibrant purple rim with a nose of concentrated black cherries. Hallmark bitterness balances the intensely fruity palate. Lovely coating tannins and a long harmonious finish.

2010 Wine Awards

Wine Enthusiast - 91 pts

Cesari’s Mara Ripasso shows enormous richness and intensity that is underscored by polished aromas of mature fruit, spice, plum, mesquite and maraschino cherry. This wine does a very nice job of delivering both elegance and power.

M. Larner, February 2011

Wine Spectator - 89 pts

There’s a meaty side to this red, mixing with the blackberry, currant and ground coffee notes. This is lightly chewy, with good freshness and a smoky edge that lingers on the finish. A good wine for light and cured meats. Drink now through 2016.

A. Napjus, June 2011


Decanter - Bronze Medal

Herbal, oak, raspberries and strawberries. Lush, attractive, delicious. Rich, ripe, fleshy and voluptuous. Coffee and cherry jam. Long, sweet finish.

2009 Wine Awards


Wine Enthusiast - 90 pts

Thick and densely extracted, this ripasso has a beautifully tonic and fresh personality with persuasive aromas of dried fruit, black cherry, dark chocolate and spice. In the mouth, it offers fruit and crisp flavors backed by smooth tannins and good structure.

M. Larner, October 2009
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