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
While this is heady and spicy, it’s also quite reserved for this producer, framing glazed cherries and dried meat against a backdrop of citrus and roasted herbs. The ornately woven texture and generous fruit work very well with the linear acidity and firm-tannin bite. Really excellent. Drink in 2021. - James Suckling 94 Points
This is well-balanced and medium- to full-bodied, layering creamy tannins with a juicy profile of ripe black raspberry and currant fruit, woodsy spice, minerally graphite and smoke notes. Accessible and elegant. Corvina, Rondinella, Oseleta and Croatina. Drink now through 2025. 12,500 cases made, 2,450 cases imported. - Wine Spectator Magazine 90 Points