In 1960 Sergio Zenato, driven by a deep bond with the territory, began trying out new techniques of wine making and invested in native vines in order to obtain wine of the highest quality. Now, the heart of the winery is driven by the passion of his son Alberto, along with his sister, who have spread the unique characteristics of the winery into more than 65 countries around the world.
Tonight we sampled four labels from the winery, each with characteristics so different from the next…
Ripassa: big rich flavours of cocoa, blueberries, and … raisin jam? Pairs well with strong cheese like blue or brie de meaux. Amarone della Valpolincella: a little pricey BUT (amazing) tastes thick with dried black fruit flavour – pairs well with gamey meats or stews on a cool night.
Zenato Veneto Rosso is a nice blend, priced right at $13.40 @lcbo . I like the wood/oak flavour of this wine and that it still holds the dark character aroma of an aged wine (black, ripe fruits). Finally, the Alanera, using the Amarone method of partially drying, concentrating the juices, aromas and flavors, made it my favourite of the evening. Why you ask? I love the price point, and also the blackberry, black pepper and ripe, forward fruit and vanilla flavours from oak barrel aging.