Zenato can be found in the region of Lugana in northern Italy, a fairly obscure wine region on the shore of Italy’s largest lake, Lake Garda, as well as nearby Valpolicella. In fact, the Zenato family was one of the first to plant in Lugana, and the rich history of the company is in clear effect when tasting its wines, particularly its fun and affordable Lugana-grown white.
2020 Zenato San Benedetto Lugana DOC – 100% trebbiano di Lugana, aka turbiana — which is often confused with the similar verdicchio. A thoroughly enjoyable wine, San Benedetto is balanced from the start, showcasing notes of guava, green banana, apple, and lemon curd which are balanced by gentle acidity and a pinch of herbal character. Light mineral notes give the finish a steely, slate-driven character, while aromatic hints of fresh thyme and rosemary linger in the empty glass. Lots going on — in a really good way. An amazing value at this price and a versatile wine for any occasion. A / $16
2020 Zenato Alanera Rosso Veronese IGT – A bottling of the corvina grape, lightly pruny and gummy with notes of overripe raspberry, almond, and bittersweet chocolate. Fairly simple in construction in comparison to Zenato’s other wines in this roundup, the finish runs more to blackberry and plum, but filtered through a somewhat flabby consistency. Desperately needs some acidity to brighten it up. B / $15
2017 Zenato Ripassa Valpolicella Superiore DOC – It may be Amarone-light, but it’s highly worthwhile, this relatively affordable ripasso style red bursting with flavors fresh and austere all at once. Notes of fresh cherries do battle with dried violets, plums meet in the middle amidst notes of raisins and baking spices. Vanilla and chocolate notes give the finish a lingering sweetness that still manages to find balance with enduring balsamic notes. A / $30 [BUY IT NOW FROM TOTAL WINE]