2005 Zenato Amarone della Valpolicella Classico
127 Ratings
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127 Ratings
2005 Zenato Amarone della Valpolicella Classico

Winemaker's Notes

(From 2007 Vintage) "Ruby-red in color with intoxicating aromas of dried black cherry, cassis, truffles, chocolate fudge and tar. One of the most exciting wines on the market, this wine is luscious and complex, with a lingering finish, and pairs perfectly with hearty, roasted meats, game and mature cheeses." -Importer

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    great nose, full bodied and strong, needs food

    over 4 years
Expert Reviews
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  • Wine Spectator
    (From 2007 Vintage) "Light tannins add subtle grip to this supple Amarone, framing flavors of sticky, sun-dried date, black cherry, and crushed black raspberry, with aromatic hints of sweet smoke, loose tea leaf and lots of ground spice. The finish is long and refined. Drink now through 2030. 1,250 cases imported." –AN
  • Wine Advocate
    (From 1997 Vintage) Rating: 90/100 - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 144 on Dec-02
  • Wine Spectator
    (From 2009 Vintage) Rating: 92/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 02/26/2014
  • Robert Parker
    (From 2009 Vintage) Rating: 93/100 - As reviewed by Robert Parker on 10/07/2013
  • Wine & Spirits
    (From 2004 Vintage) I tasted two Amarones from Zenato. Both were outstanding, but I had a slight preference for the 1998 Amarone over the more expensive 1997 Amarone Riserva Sergio Zenato. The former has more fruit. Aged three months in stainless steel and nearly 30 months in a combination of small barrels and larger foudres, it was reminiscent of a French southern Rhocirc;ne. Dense ruby/purple-colored with a big, spicy, peppery nose revealing hints of truffles, dried black cherries, and melted asphalt, this full-bodied, muscular, chewy Amarone possesses well integrated acidity as well as ripe tannin. This pedal to the metal wine cuts a large swath across the palate. It is capable of lasting, possibly improving, for a decade.