Region: Veneto, NE Italy
The heart and soul of Zenato lies in the ancient lands of Lugana and Valpolicella, with their mild climate and unrivalled charm, that overlook the Veneto shore of Lake Garda. The vineyards cover 75 hectares in the Zenato estate of S. Cristina in San Benedetto di Lugana, ideal for the Trebbiano di Lugana, and in the Costalunga estate in Valpolicella, the homeland of the famous Amarone Zenato, where the renowned vines Corvina, Rondinella and Oseleta are cultivated. It all began in 1960 when Sergio Zenato, filled with energy and ambition and driven by his deep bond with the territory, tried out new techniques of wine making and invested in native vines in order to obtain wine of the highest quality. Today, his wife Carla, together with their children Alberto and Nadia, continue to pursue Sergio’s great enterprise with the same enthusiasm, tenacity and infinite dedication, making the excellence of Zenato’s wines known in more than 60 countries of the world.
This wine is closely connected to the greatest wine of Valpolicella: Amarone. After pressing the dried grapes from which Amarone is made, the Valpolicella wine is passed over the still warm pomace of Amarone. A second alcoholic fermentation begins which increases the alcoholic content and the wine becomes richer in colour, bouquet.
Deep ruby red in colour, has an intense nose, elegant and persistent with hints of black cherry and plum. It is harmonious and velvety, with good structure and a spicy finish. Excellent companion to game dishes, grilled meat and roasts, salami and aged cheeses. ROBERT PARKER: 91 points, JAMES SUCKLING 2018: 94 points