No other region boasts such winemaking diversity in such close proximity. Its flagship bottle, Amarone, produced near Verona, is the result of a unique blend of grapes and an indigenous winemaking process. Thanks to appassimento (air-drying), the fruit loses significant water mass, resulting in distinctive power and concentration. That extracted density is also found in the other red wines of Valpolicella such as Ripasso.
Zenato Valpolicella Superiore 2016
Although the Superiore designation requires that the grapes that go into this wine are harvested at a slightly higher sugar level than standard Valpolicella—thus producing a wine of potential higher alcohol—this Valpolicella is a soft, supple example of this classic wine. Made predominately from Corvina, this wine displays the ripe black cherry flavors for which the grape is known. Ruby red in color, this Valpolicella Superiore offers fleshy aromas of wild berries, black currants, black cherries, and spices, with hints of chocolate. On the palate, the wine is dry and robust with velvety texture. Pair this wine with antipasti, arrabbiata sauces, seared sashimi tuna, or orange-glazed duck.
91 pts. James Suckling