Zenato 2017 Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 375ml
This is a majestic, intense, ethereal wine, with notes of laurel and cherries in alcohol. The extreme balance of all its components makes it suitable for long aging.
A potent wine with a big, fiery personality with great impact. A lighter, perfumed, violet-accented aroma opens to reveal intense black and red fruit flavours with a delightful touch of herbal complexity on the edges. The tannins are firm, but the concentration gives promise for further aging.
Complex and deep nose with blackberries and subtle black dates, Chinese herbal medicine, porcini, chili chocolate and cocoa beans. Classic Amarone palate with an excellent balance between juicy freshness and dried fruit. Outstanding tannin quality here, with lots of resolve and finesse. Long and rather subtle, too. Textbook reference for quality Amarone today, with some modern drinkability despite the 16.5% alcohol. Delicious now, but better to hold for extra complexity.
COMMENTARY: The 2017 Zenato Amarone is packed and layered on the palate. TASTING NOTES: This wine shines with aromas and flavors of black fruit bright raisins. Enjoy this with a grilled ribeye topped with a blue-veined cheese. (Tasted: March 22, 2022, San Francisco, CA)