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For many folks, their first introduction to the magical world of Amarone is with a bottle of Zenato’s Amarone Classico. What follows is a frustrating quest to duplicate that experience! There are many great Amarone – Cesari, Masi, Tommasi – but Zenato’s house style is the perfect place to start.
Their approach focuses on supremely ripe — but not over-ripe — grapes and they carefully preserve that freshness throughout the winemaking. The result is a fabulously rich and unctuous Amarone that shows no earthy, raisiny notes. Just the pure taste of Northern Italy’s ripest fruit flavours.
About the wine
The Zenato family crafts a creamy-textured Amarone that shows uncommon balance — so many Amarone are chunky and clumsy, but not Zenato.
The 2015 vintage provided beautifully ripe fruit flavours and excellent acidity, revealing black cherry puree, blueberry, dried flowers and sweet orange with baking spice accents and a finish of caramel and date. The tannins are harmoniously integrated, meaning you feel them as they prolong the pleasure of the flavour, but they don’t have any astringent character.
The 2015 Amarone is a blend of Corvina and Rondinella and a touch each of Croatina and Oseleta. 100% indigenous grapes with a flavour impossible to duplicate elsewhere.
The Corvina at Zenato’s Costalunga vineyard provides a uniquely intense “marasca” cherry flavour. Rondinella provides the seductive dark colour of Amarone and a floral aroma. Oseleta is the gravelly backbone of the wine and Croatina lightens the mood with a juicy fruit personality. All together, they combine to create a rich, saturated Amarone with lift and elegance. It drinks remarkably well from the moment the cork is pulled, but will cellar well for 10-15 years.
Winemaker: Alberto Zenato
Appellation: Amarone della Valpolicella Classico, Veneto, Italy
- 4.4/5: Vivino Users (619 reviews)
- 94/100, James Suckling
- 93/99, Luca Maroni
- 94 Point, Wine Advocate Vintage Rating
Grapes: Corvina Veronese, Rondinella, Croatina, Oseleta.
Vineyard: Costalunga Estate in Sant’Ambrogio
Cooperage: 30 months in French oak
Ageing Potential: 10-15+ years
4.4 ★ - Vivino Users (627 Reviews)
'A magnificent Amarone… Tons of raisins and dried figs with scents of vanilla, cedar, toast, marzipan, caramel and dark chocolate with a bit of graphite" —Richard C.
"A beautiful & powerful Amarone!! One of the best QPR Amarones." —Rock and Roll Wino
94 points, James Suckling
"While this is heady and spicy, it’s also quite reserved for this producer, framing glazed cherries and dried meat against a backdrop of citrus and roasted herbs. The ornately woven texture and generous fruit work very well with the linear acidity and firm-tannin bite. Really excellent. Drink in 2021."