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2007 Zenato Amarone della Valpolicella Classico

ITEM 7757252 - Removed from a subterranean wine cellar; Purchased direct from winery

Bidder Amount Total
jomal $75 $75
$75
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RATINGS

94The Wine Advocate

...boasts fabulous intensity and richness. This is an especially heady, port-like Amarone imbued with tons of depth. Chocolate, black cherries, leather and spices wrap around the serious, palate-staining finish...

93Wine Spectator

Light tannins add subtle grip to this supple Amarone, framing flavors of sticky, sun-dried date, black cherry, and crushed black raspberry, with aromatic hints of sweet smoke, loose tea leaf and lots of ground spice...

90Vinous / IWC

...Brooding smoky plum, dark chocolate and coffee aromas complicated by underbrush. Smooth, rich and supple, with herbal red and black fruit flavors that linger nicely at the back. Another very good entry-level Amarone...

15Jancis Robinson

2 BicchieriGambero Rosso

PRODUCER

Zenato

Zenato is a 200-acre estate in the Veneto appellation of Italy. It is owned and operated Sergio and Carla Zenato, who established the estate in 1960. Today the couple’s two adult children, Nadia and Alberto, are also employed full-time in the family business. Zenato wines are well known throughout the world, thanks partly to the family’s ambitious marketing and exporting, but also to the success of their Amarone, which is their signature wine. Robert M. Parker Jr. has written that Zenato “makes wines in a very classic style.”

REGION

Italy, Veneto, Amarone della Valpolicella

Amarone della Valpolicella DOCG, usually called simply Amarone, was awarded its prestigious DOCG appellation status in 2009. Though lush, high alcohol content red wines have been made in the Veneto since the ancient Greeks settled there, the popularity of Amarone over the last few decades has resulted in international demand for the wine. Amarone is typically made from 45% to 95% Corvina, blended with Rondinella and other indigenous grapes. The blend is essentially the same as for Valpolicella, but Amarone is made from dried grapes, which gives it a rich, viscous quality and an alcohol content between 14% and 20%. Though Amarone is a dry wine, there is a sweet version called Recioto della Valpolicella. The recioto style wines are included in the DOCG, and the word “ripasso” on label usually indicates the sweeter style.