Zenato has been producing wine in Italy’s Veneto region since 1960. Today we look at its Valpolicella Classico, a classic, dry (unlike its more exotic Amarone) blend of 80% Corvina, 10% Rondinella, and 10% Oseleta grapes, all varieties native to the Valpolicella region. The winery suggests enjoying this affordable bottling with a slight chill on it. Let’s give it a try.
This is a soft and approachable wine, some cherry and a fistful of currants melding gently to showcase a lightly sweet palate, all of which fades gently toward a floral note on the lengthy finish. The body is light on its feet, but there’s a surprising depth of flavor in the mix, along with some acidity to brighten things up just a bit. It’s uncomplicated but ultimately rewarding, particularly at this price.
B+ / $17 / zenato.it