A Wine for Tonight: 2009 Zenato Valpolicella Superiore

By Kori ~ December 22nd, 2011.

Would you like a quick suggestion for a good wine to drink tonight (or this weekend) that won’t break your budget and is widely available? Many of our readers have said this is something they would like, so here is this week’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 Sant’Ambrogio di Valpolicella and covers 20 hectares.

“With 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.” –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

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