Zenato “Alanera” Rosso Veronese 2018

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Alcohol: 13.5%

Grape(s): 55% Corvina, 25% Rondinella, 10% Corvinone, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Merlot 

Localization: Veneto, Italy

Tasting Notes: Brilliant ruby in color, Alanera delights the senses with a variety of aromas and flavors that include fresh and dried cherries and prunes, sweet spice, and hints of coffee and tobacco. On the palate, Alanera is full-bodied with elegant and velvety tannins. Vibrant acidity brings balance and freshness and supports a long and harmonious finish.

93 points James Suckling: Loads of peppery and spicy, ripe cherry and berry character on the nose and palate. Hints of coffee and chocolate, too. Full to the medium palate, the spicy tannins push the fruit to a long finish. I like the full-throttle drive to this red. Will improve in the bottle. Drink or hold.

Food pairing: Pair Zenato's Alanera with medium-aged cheeses, cured meats, meaty fish such as sea bass fillet with Extra Virgin Olive Oil, or with braised meats and stews.

The Domain: The Zenato winery possesses a strong link to the richness of its local history and culture and continues to develop this connection today. The estate is based in a territory that surrounds Lake Garda, with an extraordinary microclimate that allows for an optimal growing season. Cherishing a ‘frank and simple’ approach to life, Zenato is committed to producing affordable wine of exceptional quality. With a passion for the land and a dedication to vigorous research, innovation, and quality improvement, Sergio Zenato strived to eclipse past results. He crafted wines that are known for their quality and consistency. Today, the winery operates under the philosophy and mission of Quality (from the vineyard to the bottle and consumer), Passion, and Tradition (respecting the roots of the territory and local culture).