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James Suckling ratings for Zenato

James Suckling ratings for Zenato: Amarone, Valpolicella and Valpolicella Ripasso. All of them >90 Points. Congratulations!

 – Amarone Riserva Sergio Zenato 2018 – 


Produced only in top vintages, this graceful wine is made from a selection of Corvina and Rondinella grapes grown in the oldest vineyards in the township of Sant’Ambrogio in Valpolicella’s “classic” zone.

Following vinification, it undergoes long-term aging for at least 4 years in Slavonian oak casks.

It represents the very identity of the winery and its legacy throughout the world – a wine that can age and be enjoyed for more than 20 years.

With luminous and dense color, elegant complexity, and a wonderful touch of spice, it’s a wholehearted expression of the land where it is made.


 – Ripasso Valpolicella Superiore Ripassa 2020 – 


As soon as the dried grapes for the winery’s Amarone have completed fermentation, a top selection of Valpolicella grapes “passes over” (ripassa) the Amarone pomace, thus resulting in a second brief fermentation.
This helps to obtain higher
alcohol content, deeper color, and rich flavor and aroma. Af-ter aging in French tonneaux for 18-20 months, the wine is cellared for another 6 months in bottle before release.
The process makes for a refined and concentrated wine, extremely smooth and velvety, with vibrant red fruit aromas.


 – Valpolicella Superiore 2021 – 


Made from vineyards in Valpolicella, this wine has an impressive lingering finish with rich flavor.

The blend is 85% Corvina Veronese, 10% Rondinella, and 5% Corvinone.

On the nose, it delivers delicate hints of almond and violet.

On the palate, it’s dry and smooth with good structure and wonderfully robust notes of cherry and prune.


The tireless commitment to excellence, the unbridled passion for our land, and the surprising potential of its native grape varieties: These are the ingredients that make Zenato wines extraordinarily different and unique at the same time.

Today, Zenato has 95 hectares of vineyards between San Benedetto di Lugana, which provides the ideal conditions for growing Trebbiano di Lugana, and Sant’Ambrogio in Valpolicella, home to the celebrated wine Amarone and Zenato’s top reds, and the renowned grape varieties Corvina, Rondinella, and Oseleta.

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Monte Costalunga presents today the forms that Sergio Zenato imagined more than thirty years ago when he bought the estate, 35 hectares in total, determined to transform a piece of land left to rest for centuries into the garden of his vines: a model vineyard in the Valpolicella Classica, cared for in every detail. On these hills vines were already cultivated by the Arusnati, then by the Romans, the Lombards, and finally by ecclesiastical institutions and the great aristocratic families. Sergio Zenato drew the distribution on the land of the vines selected for the production of the different wines, going so far as to indicate the single direction of the rows. A thoroughness that we read in the construction of the characteristic dry stone walls, elegant support structures and efficient system that guarantees the vine the three fundamental elements it needs: air, water and heat.

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