Zenato Amarone della Valpolicella Classico DOCG 2012
- 80% Corvina,10% Rondinella,10% Oseleta
There's lovely balance to this creamy Amarone, with delicate spice and orange zest accents enlivening the flavors of black cherry puree, dried lavender, date and mineral. Well-knit tannins provide a supple frame. A crowd-pleaser. Drink now through 2026. 2,600 cases imported. - WS91
Aromas of black currant, blue flower, tilled soil, menthol and cedar take center stage. The dense palate delivers mature black cherry, crushed raspberry, mocha, vanilla, nutmeg and a confectionery note. Velvety tannins provide the framework. Drink through 2022. - WE91
Here is a bold and opulent red wine from Northeast Italy. The 2012 Amarone della Valpolicella Classico opens to a tarry-black color and dense extraction. This warm vintage feels even richer and denser still. The bouquet reveals dark prune, spice, leather and tobacco. The wine shows some bitterness in the mouth with a thick and penetrating finish that sticks to the sides of your mouth. As you would expect, the finish is long and important in terms of its texture. - WA92
Produced in our Costalunga Estate, in the Classical area of Valpolicella, a land full of tradition and well known for its wine and food culture, after a careful manual selection, the Corvina, Rondinella and Oseleta grapes are left to rest in small boxes and then gently pressed to create a wine of undoubted quality with great complexity that gets better with age. It is recommended with roasted meat, grilled meat and mature cheeses. - Winemaker's Notes
Zenato is an important producer in the Veneto region of northeast Italy, with estates in the Lugana and Valpolicella regions. It is particularly known for its Amarone della Valpolicella wines, although it makes a range of other wines, from Pinot Grigio and Soave to varietal Corvina wines. The Amarone Classico wines are made at the Costalunga estate at Sant'Ambrogio di Valpolicella. The generic cuvée uses grapes that are dried for three to four months before fermentation and 36 months in oak barrels. The flagship Riserva Sergio Zenato is made from grapes that are dried in a single layer on trays, then aged in 7500-litre Slavonian casks for 48 months. Both are predominantly Corvina, with smaller portions of Rondinella and Oseleta.
The Cresasso, also made at the Costalunga estate, is a single-vineyard varietal Corvina which comes under the Veronese IGT designation. The grapes for this wine are picked in two phases: the first is dried for two months, and the second is over-ripened on the vine then fermented in stainless steel. The two parts are then blended and aged in French oak casks for 24 months. The estate also makes a Recioto, a Ripasso, a Valpolicella Classico Superiore and the Cormì Veneto IGT, made from Corvina and Merlot.
Zenato's other estate, Santa Cristina in San Benedetto di Lugana, has 75 hectares (185 acres) of vineyards. Under the Zenato banner, the estate produces Pas Dosé and a Brut Metodo Classico sparkling wine, plus the Lugano San Benedetto from Trebbiano di Lugana (or Verdicchio). The S. Cristina range also includes Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon, a passito, a grappa and olive oil. The Lugana Riserva Sergio Zenato, also made from Trebbiano di Lugana, tops the Lugana range.-Information from Wine Searcher