Saturday, March 12, 2011
Zenato Amarone della Valpolicella 2006 Wine Review (NW)
Richly fragrant chocolate covered cherries and blueberries on the nose
Full bodied, thick, and almost syrup-like texture
Long, silky finish with caressing layers of maraschino cherries, currants, sweet tobacco, and rich spices
Amarone is a special wine that defies category. Made with partially dried grapes such as Corvina and Rondinella through a special technique called appassimento, Amarone is hard to pin down. It's both dry and sweet, but most certainly still a table wine. In fact, many of the good wines have a savory complexity as well that adds to the character.
Zenato made a special wine in 2006. It's huge and rich, with incredible texture. At over 16% alcohol, there's no denying it's power. For $60 or so, it's every bit worth the price. Raise a glass!