By Kori ~ December 22nd, 2011.
Would you like a quick suggestion for a good wine to drink tonight (or this weekend) that wonâ€™t break your budget and is widely available? Many of our readers have said this is something they would like, so here is this weekâ€™s selection, the 2009 Zenato Valpolicella Superiore from the Veneto region of Italy.
Our selection criteria include:
- A very good Quality rating of >=3.5 stars (out of 5)
- A price tag of <=$15
- Must be widely available
The Azienda Zenato, located in Lugana, Italy, is owned by the Zenato family. Sergio Zenato founded the winery in 1960. Sergio has a relentless passion for winemaking as well as experimenting with new vineyard plantings. Planted in 1975, the Zenato family estate vineyard is in the area of Santâ€™Ambrogio di Valpolicella and covers 20 hectares.
â€œWith a ruby red hue, it releases an elegant almond-scented bouquet, classicly Valpolicella; the palate shows dry and full-flavored, with an excellent, velvet-contoured structure. Can be cellared several years.â€ â€“Zenato
2009 Zenato Valpolicella Superiore (Valpolicella DOC, Veneto, Italy): 80% Corvina Veronese, 10% Rondinella, and 10% Sangiovese. Deep red in color. Very aromatic with licorice, oak, and black fruit on the nose. Red and black fruits, earth, and licorice come through on the palate. Medium-bodied and crisp with medium tannins, and a long, smooth finish.
Quality: 3.5 stars (out of 5)
QPR: 4 bangs for your buck (out of 5)
Where to buy: Received as sample, suggested retail $15; Available elsewhere, $11 to $14
Filed under: A Wine for Tonight, Italian Wine, Red Wine, Wines Under $15, Wines Under $20, Wines Under $25