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Zenato Valpolicella Superiore 2003,  D.O.C. Valpolicella Superiore

color: very dark, intense red with purple.
Nose: medium expressive, very ripe-fruity, with impressions of cherries and cherry stones, some almonds, a touch of freshness, some alcohol,  spices, herbs and  minerals, very pure, a tiny touch of oak (vanilla), many nuances, very good intensity and certainly elegance.
Taste: medium powerful, intense, compact core, elegant, with some freshness, lots of very well defined cherry fruit, minerals, herbs and alcohol, a touch of almonds, soft, velvety tannins, good concentration and depth, also good elegance, some complexity and excellent balance, very delicious!!
Finish: quite intense, long, with beautiful fruit, some smoke, spices, vanilla, ripe and sweet tannins, some alcohol and freshness aswell, strong, vervetty core, very good balance.

*  This modern and easy drinking wine with a tiny touch of subtle oak offers beautiful fruit in a velvety, compact and intense core, with concentration, but also  freshness and elegance next to some complexity and depth. A beautiful expression of terroir, surpassing its "modest" D.O.C.

- Drink from now on, will improve over the next two or so years, drink before 2009.

- If there is one wine producer in the Veneto area that offers consistently good and affordable wines through the years it certainly is Zenato. Formerly good - excellent with the range of white wines, now also increasingly good with reds.
This Valpolicella comes from a very odd vintage. 2003 in Europe was exceptionally hot and dry, with low yields high alcohol content, low acidity and sometimes unripe tannins. This vintage was quite a success for this Valpolicella, its has none of the problems encountered elsewhere, it has even a greater concentration than average, but it has remained very drinkable indeed. The use of oak is exemplary, it just adds that little extra deliciousness to the wine. The quality is way above the average standard of Valpolicella. Low lying prolific vineyards churning out oceans of diluted wines have eroded the reputation of Valpolicella (and Bardolino and Soave). Happily there are also producers like Zenato who prove the vineyards situated on the slopes are capable of very interesting and foremost delicious wines.

- lotnr.: L. 1586

- tasted: 19-10-'06    several times after this date: consistent notes.

- estimated retail price ca. 7 euro

- average production: not indicated

- Azienda Vitivinicola Zenato, Via San Benedetto, 8,  37010 S. Benedetto di Lugana, Peschiera del Garda (Vr) ; Tel. +39-045 7550300 , fax.: +39-045 6400449 , e-mail:  /  web site:
- export agent: Enoteca Nederland,  Mr. Maarten Bonants, tel.: +31-344613736, fax.: +31-344612550, e-mail: