Zenato Amarone is a blend of the more traditionally used grapes, Corvina and Rondinella, with a touch of both Croatina and Oseleta, two ancient grapes being revived in the region. Corvina is prized not only for its intense marasca cherry flavor, but its ability to stand up under the drying process. Used in small quantities Rondinella also fares well in drying, and contributes dark colour and an alluring floral note. Oseleta provides tannic structure and minerality while Croatina is introduced to add a certain youthful fruitiness.
An iconic wine from the Valpolicella area in Veneto. After being picked into small, 2.5 kg trays, the grapes are cleaned and placed on drying mats for four months in dry, well-ventilated rooms. In January they are finally crushed, then very slowly fermented on the skins; the wine goes into 300-litre French barrels and Slavonian oak barrels for 36 months’ maturation, followed by a year’s ageing in bottle before release.
A wine of superb richness and majestic flavours. 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. The exceptional balance of all its components makes it ideal for lengthy cellaring. A 20 year-old Amarone is amazing!