Amarone Della Valpolicella Classico Zeni Vignealte 2009,Bardolino, Italy

Drunk September 2015 @ home

The winery

The family owned Zeni Winery is situated close to Lake Garda, above the picturesque town of Bardolino. The winery was established in 1870 with Fausto, Elena and Federica running the business following in their father Gaetano ‘Nino’ Zeni's footsteps. As well as managing  25 hectares of their own vineyards the family source grapes from around the region to make their wines. 

The vinegrowing land of Bardolino extends from the eastern shore of Lake Garda to the morainic hills of the hinterland where the landscape is dominated by vineyards and olive groves. The origin of this stretch of land dates back to the Rissian and Wurmian glaciation, when the retreat of the Atesino Glacier formed a morenic amphitheatre. The pebbly and silty sediments deposited afterwards enriched the soil and made it light, deep and capable of heating up rapidly even during wintertime, thus assuring ideal conditions for growing of grapes.

In addition the thermal regulating effect of the nearby Lake Garda guarantees a rather mild climate, with average annual temperatures of around 12-13 C° and average relative humidity around 70%. In wintertime temperatures generally drop to 2-3 C° in January (this is why snowfalls are rather rare in this area) whereas summer temperatures seldom rise above 22-23 C° in July.

The area where  Bardolino wine is produced, once limited to the fields surrounding the town this wine takes its name from, extends today into the adjacent areas including altogether fifteen municipalities. The vineyards given over to the production of our Bardolino DOC Classico, Bardolino DOCG Classico Superiore and Bardolino Chiaretto Classico stretch across the slopes of the hills along the shore of Lake Garda, exactly where the Classico area, the most ancient portion of the wine region, is located. 

The wine

50% Corvina, 45% Rondinella, 5% Molinara

The Corvina grape provides body and colour to the wine, whereas Rondinella is responsible for its typical, herbal and savoury character; the Molinara grape gives the wine fragrance and freshness. tasting notes

This was a delicious Amarone with a rich, fully bodied style. The grapes are air dried through a process called “appassimento”, which causes them to shrivel and concentrate the flavours.

There was a strong nose with plum and jam, followed by a smooth fruity palate with spice and tobacco notes. A very nice example of one of my favourite wine styles.