Amarone della Valpolicella DOCG Classico Riserva “Sergio Zenato” 2007 by Zenato Winery
Sometimes you know very early that it’s going to be a good year, and 2007 was one such. An absolutely perfect vintage from start to finish, textbook for wonderful Amarone. The wine does not disappoint, and will last for many more years at an extremely high-level. A must-try from Zenato.
Assemblage: Corvina 80%, rondinella 10%, oseleta and croatina 10%.
Winemaking: Hand-harvesting of carefully selected bunches is followed by a full 4 months of appassimento. A slow fermentation of 15-20 days on the skins following crushing, after which the wine is aged for at least 4 years in large-format oak botti and at least a year in bottle before release.
Colour: Starting to show real translucence around the rim but still with an extremely dense purple hue in the centre, true opacity and density still.
Aroma: Still a fruit-forward wine, heaps of cherries and red berries, but the influence of oak is palpable if subtle via exceptional lifted white and black spice as well as touches of butter and vanilla.
Palate: Still marvellously fresh in spite of its age and weight, with integrated tannins and lifting acidity supporting a wonderful mid-palate and a finish that goes for days and days.
Ageability: We’re now hitting the golden age of this wine 15 years after vintage, but it really is only the beginning of a long ageing process.