Zenato is a time-honored standard-bearer in the Veneto, and this bold Amarone opens with aromas of tilled earth, plum cake, blackberry and mocha. The dense palate doles out crushed black plum, chocolate and baking spices alongside smooth tannins. This truly great stuff sounds just about right with a big slab of prime rib!
Zesty, vibrant and exotic, the 2016 Amarone della Valpolicella Classico makes a serious impression with its unique bouquet of dried roses, lime zest, cherry sauce, plums and a dusting of crushed violet candies. It’s silky and pliant in texture, motivated by juicy acids, with a mix of ripe strawberry, pomegranate and cranberry sauce, as balsamic spices and hints of almond come forward toward the close. There is so much going on here, as the 2016 resonates on wild berry fruit and sweet inner florals. This may be a more opulent expression of the vintage, but it’s built to last, and sure to win a lot of fans.