Zenato Corvina Blend Valpolicella Superiore Ripassa 2004

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Tasting Notes: Appearance: Cresasso shows a deep, purplish-edged ruby, leaving its mark on the glass, and creates a r...

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This $18 bottle drinks like many $40 bottles! Fruity nose, big body and depth, lots of fruit and tannins for bite. Not the most balanced and comple... Read more

Consistency is the hallmark of this gentle giant of a red wine. Good value every vintage. Read more

Excellent Valpolicella Ripassa. A hint of Amarone, but not too sweet. Read more

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Snooth User: Kingsize
3819945
5.00 5
12/10/2007

This $18 bottle drinks like many $40 bottles! Fruity nose, big body and depth, lots of fruit and tannins for bite. Not the most balanced and complex, but a fantastic value and always surprises new drinkers.


Snooth User: ptincalgary
3616625
5.00 5
11/28/2007

Consistency is the hallmark of this gentle giant of a red wine. Good value every vintage.


Snooth User: rusieb
4180442
4.50 5
01/24/2008

Excellent Valpolicella Ripassa. A hint of Amarone, but not too sweet.


Snooth User: joss
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4.00 5
04/04/2012

one of my personal fav's. a go-to wine for beginner and advanced wine drinkers alike. wonderfully composed, deep, dark, luxurious, with dark fruits, fudge, coffee, and oak. long, silky finish. delicious...


Snooth User: Girl Drink Drunk
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3.50 5
01/27/2010

This is one of our house reds. It has medium tannins and body, moderate dark fruit and solid acidity, making it great with so many foods. I drink the hell out of it.


Snooth User: whiterabbit
148935271
4.50 5
03/22/2009

this is a very nice wine at this price. cant go wrong with this one


Snooth User: cczura
164252145
4.00 5
12/21/2009

From Richard - fabulous. Had the '98.


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External Reviews for Zenato Corvina Blend Valpolicella Superiore Ripassa

External Review
05/22/2011

Deep color. Exotic smoke and green apple aromas. Very rich on the palate, and not at all raisiny, with vibrant acidity. Terrific smoky flavor intensity. Very fresh, long and firm; will depend more on its acidity than tannins for aging.


External Review
01/18/2009

Wine Tasting NotesAmarone, the small jewel in our product line, is rightly considered the king of Veronas wines, produced from the best grapes of the Valpolicella Classic area, carefully selected and dried in trays. Showing deep ruby red, it releases intense aromas laden with rich spice and dried fruit; in the mouth it is a wine of superb richness and majestic flavors.


External Review
05/22/2011

Big, chewy. Outstanding. It bubbles over with floral, ripe berry and fruit character. Full-bodied and very chunky, with lots of big, chewy tannins. Massive finish. Give it time. Best after 2003.


External Review
01/03/2012

Already displaying some of the exotic, spicy, nutty characteristics typical of maturing Amarone, yet therersquo;s freshness, great balance and depth. Very complex and inviting. Drinkable now, but hold if you like more mature flavors.


External Review
01/03/2012

This rsquo;90 only confirms the remarkable quality of the amarone vintage (both for growing and drying of the grapes). And it also demonstrates another important attribute of rsquo;90 amarone: the convergence of the dynamic and potent traditional style with accessibility. Thatrsquo;s not to say the massive, raisined fruitiness of this wine is ready to drink. Rather that its lively, gregarious appeal reaches beyond a rarefied cult following. Therersquo;s plenty of freshness here for long bottle age, which will bring the scale of the wine and its detail into sharper focus.


External Review
01/03/2012

The 1997 Amarone, a great vintage for this small appellation, possesses a deep plum/garnet color in addition to a sweet perfume of roasted herbs, melted road tar, dried black fruits, smoke, and truffles. Dense and chewy, this wine also has some pruny/raisiny characteristics. It will drink well for 10ndash;15 years.


External Review
01/03/2012

Lastly, the outstanding 1995 Amarone reveals abundant charcoal wood notes in its melted asphalt, blackberry, meaty, roasted bouquet. Full-bodied, muscular, big, chewy, and thick, this pure wine cuts a heavy swath across the palate, and offers a long, impressive finish. Drink it over the next 10ndash;15 years.


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Winemaker's Notes:

Tasting Notes: Appearance: Cresasso shows a deep, purplish-edged ruby, leaving its mark on the glass, and creates a rich array of dense, viscous legs. Bouquet: A wealth of appealing aromas opens with appealing red berry fruit, bright cherry, and blackberry, yielding, after a few moments, to deeper, richer impressions of black cherry, stewed prunes, and fruit preserves. Particularly intriguing are notes of liqueur cherries and sour cherry that gradually meld into sweet-sour tamarind. Palate: Cresasso is a rich, full-flavored Corvina without excessive tannins. The first sip announces an elegant wine with an impressive structure and velvet smooth texture. A judicious level of alcohol and a fine complex of aromas on the palate develop into an almost endless finale that beautifully mirrors the bouquet. Its considerable body and the fine equilibrium of all its components place it among the great Valpoicella wines that display fine cellaring potential. Serving suggestions: Its fine structure allows Cresasso to pair well with all rich, full-flavored dishes. Perfect with grills and roasts, with game, and a wide range of traditional sausages, as well as with aged cheeses and with rich sauces of spices and tomatoes. Percentage Grape: 100% Corvina Veronese Soil: The soils, primarily derived from moraine limestone, are very dry and well drained, with a good pebble-gravel texture and some clay. Growing Climate: Vineyard profile: The Costalunga tenuta (estate) is located on hill slopes at an elevation of 300 meters with an east-west exposure. The soils, primarily derived from moraine limestone, are very dry and well drained, with a good pebble-gravel texture and some clay. The vines are trained to the Guyot system, at a density of 5,400 vines per hectare. The producing vineyards average ten years old. Type of Harvest: Harvest profile: Harvest begins only when the fruit is at the peak of ripeness, usually in the second-third week of October; the clusters are hand-picked into small 5-kg boxes. Vinification Method: Vinification and maturation: After a careful sorting out of the best lots in the vineyard, the grapes are destemmed and pressed. A slow, ca.25-day fermentation on the skins follows, at a controlled temperature and with frequent pump-over. The wine then goes to 500- liter French oak tonneaux for and 18-month maturation, after which it spends further time in glass before release.

Tasting Notes: Appearance: Cresasso shows a deep, purplish-edged ruby, leaving its mark on the glass, and creates a rich array of dense, viscous legs. Bouquet: A wealth of appealing aromas opens with appealing red berry fruit, bright cherry, and blackberry, yielding, after a few moments, to deeper, richer impressions of black cherry, stewed prunes, and fruit preserves. Particularly intriguing are notes of liqueur cherries and sour cherry that gradually meld into sweet-sour tamarind. Palate: Cresasso is a rich, full-flavored Corvina without excessive tannins. The first sip announces an elegant wine with an impressive structure and velvet smooth texture. A judicious level of alcohol and a fine complex of aromas on the palate develop into an almost endless finale that beautifully mirrors the bouquet. Its considerable body and the fine equilibrium of all its components place it among the great Valpoicella wines that display fine cellaring potential. Serving suggestions: Its fine structure allows Cresasso to pair well with all rich, full-flavored dishes. Perfect with grills and roasts, with game, and a wide range of traditional sausages, as well as with aged cheeses and with rich sauces of spices and tomatoes. Percentage Grape: 100% Corvina Veronese Soil: The soils, primarily derived from moraine limestone, are very dry and well drained, with a good pebble-gravel texture and some clay. Growing Climate: Vineyard profile: The Costalunga tenuta (estate) is located on hill slopes at an elevation of 300 meters with an east-west exposure. The soils, primarily derived from moraine limestone, are very dry and well drained, with a good pebble-gravel texture and some clay. The vines are trained to the Guyot system, at a density of 5,400 vines per hectare. The producing vineyards average ten years old. Type of Harvest: Harvest profile: Harvest begins only when the fruit is at the peak of ripeness, usually in the second-third week of October; the clusters are hand-picked into small 5-kg boxes. Vinification Method: Vinification and maturation: After a careful sorting out of the best lots in the vineyard, the grapes are destemmed and pressed. A slow, ca.25-day fermentation on the skins follows, at a controlled temperature and with frequent pump-over. The wine then goes to 500- liter French oak tonneaux for and 18-month maturation, after which it spends further time in glass before release.

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