Zenato Amarone della Valpolicella DOCG Classico 2016
A majestic wine, the jewel of Zenato. Zenato Amarone della Valpolicella DOCG Classico is a complex, elegant and velvety wine with great structure.
Garnet red colour. Intense and ethereal bouquet with notes of bay leaf and dried fruit over a cherry base. The full-bodied palate is round, soft and velvety with fine tannins and a delicate acidity. Gripping mouthfeel of dark cherry, plum jam, raisin and dried prune fruit flavours with a touch of leather and chocolate.
The impressive balance of all its components makes it ideal for long-term ageing. Drink now–2031.
80% Corvina Veronese, 10% Rondinella, 10% Oseleta and Croatina. This wine is made with a selection of top grapes from the classic zone of Valpolicella, in the municipality of S. Ambrogio: a land abounding with significance, tradition and the culture of food and wine. The vineyard has an altitude of 300–350 metres and a southeast exposure. The vines have an average age of 15–20 years and grow in clay and calcareous soils that are rich in rock fragments.
After harvesting by hand and a careful selection, the grapes are left to rest in the drying loft for 4 months. They then go through crushing and maceration on skins for 15–20 days at a temperature of 23–25°C. The wine then ages in large format Slavonian oak casks for a minimum period of 36 months.
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– FIVE GRAPES
– 95 POINTS
Powerful, sparkling ruby. Very appealing and complex nose of plum, black cherry and a touch of leather. Good concentration on the palate, shows itself also quite juicy, plump fruit, fine-meshed tannin, in the final firm pressure.
Zesty, vibrant and exotic, the 2016 Amarone della Valpolicella Classico makes a serious impression with its unique bouquet of dried roses, lime zest, cherry sauce, plums and a dusting of crushed violet candies. It’s silky and pliant in texture, motivated by juicy acids, with a mix of ripe strawberry, pomegranate and cranberry sauce, as balsamic spices and hints of almond come forward toward the close. There is so much going on here, as the 2016 resonates on wild berry fruit and sweet inner florals. This may be a more opulent expression of the vintage, but it’s built to last, and sure to win a lot of fans.