Alberto Zenato is the kind of guy who spends a day at a tiny Canadian winery because the elderly owner —a stranger with terminal cancer— loves his wines.
Alberto is a second-generation winemaker, taking the reigns from his father Sergio in 2008. The winery gained fame for its modern take on the classic Amarone Della Valpolicella in the ’90s. However, the winery did not begin making powerful red wines. When it was founded in the ’60s, the wineries output was Trebbiano di Lugana, a local white varietal.
This is not the first time I’ve reviewed a Zenato Ripassa, but that was over seven years ago. I think the world is ready for another. On the nose, bitter chocolate and almond frame layers of extracted fruit, almost passito in its depth. Oak notes come forward quickly, with vanilla and whiskey lactones right, glossing over the deep dark plums and blueberries. A note of jasmine and tobacco rises into the finish with a note of orange zest and tobacco. Full-bodied with a medium level of acidity.
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