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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 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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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
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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
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4.50 5
03/22/2009

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


Snooth User: cczura
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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

Here is a generous and engaging Amarone with deep levels of ripe berry fruit, tar, cedar wood, Indian spice and cola. The wine is rich and chewy with lingering sweetness on the close and huge intensity of ripe cherry flavors.


External Review
05/22/2011

Wonderful aromas of black licorice and blueberry lead to a full body, with juicy, round tannins. Luscious and decadent. Might be better on toast! A gorgeous wine, this is the real deal for Amarone. Why wait? But a little bottle age should really bring it together. Best after 2011.


External Review
01/03/2012

Fratelli Zenato is a third generation family owned vineyard and winery in the heart of the Lugana D.O.C. District on the southern slopes of Lago de Garga. We were invited to a barbecue at the property this past spring and serenaded by guitar players while enjoying aperitifs. We had a wonderful evening and came away feeling what a wonderful family which owned this winery and produced such wonderful wine. The rsquo;90 Amarone is superb! Well balanced, itrsquo;s showing great complexity. It is a big ball of velvety fruit which resides on your palate long after itrsquo;s swallowed. It is a big warm generous wine which, because of its age, is showing its best now and will continue so for some time.


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
05/22/2011

Displays crushed and grilled meat character. Full- to medium- bodied, with fine tannins and a tight, tasty mineral finish. Big and juicy, with lots of jammy fruit. Best after 2008.


External Review
07/12/2011

Beautifully polished and bright, Zenato delivers a knock-out Amarone that shows impressive richness and intensity. Soft oak flavors of spice, vanilla and leather are followed by bright cherry and blackberry aromas. The wine is penetrating and extremely smooth in the mouth.


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.


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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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