Zenato Amarone is a blend of Corvina and Rondinella, with a touch of Croatina and Oseleta. Corvina is prized not only for its intense marasca cherry flavor, but also its ability to withstand the the drying process. Used in small quantities Rondinella also fares well in drying, and contributes dark color and an alluring floral note. Oseleta provides tannic structure and minerality; while Croatina is introduced to add youthful fruitiness. All this attention to detail pays off in a wine that is immediately approachable yet unmistakably ageworthy.
Ruby red in color, intoxicating aromas of dried black cherries, cassis, truffles, and chocolate fudge leap out of the glass. the resulting wine is silky, luscious, and complex, with a lingering finish.
Pair this wine with osso bucco, Bordelaise sauces, wild boar ravioli, or grilled cowboy ribeyes.
Type of oak: French
Length of aging before bottling: 30 months
Length of bottle aging: 12 months
From one of the leading producers in the denomination, this bold Amarone opens with aromas of tilled earth, plum cake, blackberry and mocha. The dense palate doles out crushed black plum, chocolate and baking spices alongside smooth tannins. Drink through 2020. - K.O. - Wine Enthusiast Magazine 94 Points
The 2010 Amarone delle Valpolicella Classico impresses for its harmony, staying power and elegance. Wines made from air-dried grapes like Amarone can sometimes feel overdone and overtly jammy. But this wine, made from a balanced vintage, allows the quality of fruit to rise above all the rest. The bouquet opens to dark fruit, prune, resin, cola and tar. A pretty note of oregano or rosemary gives the an Italian or Mediterranean personality. - Robert Parker 93 Points
Ripe, with sun-dried cherry, date and treacle notes, this is balanced and juicy, presenting a velvety palate and hints of melted licorice, grilled herb, cocoa powder and sweet smoke, lingering on the supple finish. Drink now through 2025. 1,050 cases imported. –AN - Wine Spectator Magazine 91 Points