The Amarones from Zonin have been consistently good the past few vintages, and this one is no exception, offering dark plum-prune and chocolate notes laced with hints of spice and tobacco. It’s round and mouthfilling without being unstructured, giving the impression that it has more to give in another few years. Tastes dry, unlike some Amarones these days.
As Italy’s largest family-run wine estate, Zonin knows the Valpolicella territory well enough to guarantee successful sourcing of fruit and juice. This Amarone delivers polished tones of cherry, chocolate and apple-nut. Pair it with truffle gnocchi or stewed game meat.
Chocolate, mature cherry, wild mushroom and mesquite wood follow immediately after riper notes of blackberry and strawberry. This is a dark, concentrated wine with spicy overtones painted in broad strokes. It has a dense, chewy texture and a long finish.
Round, smoky and solid, with all components in their proper places. We liked this wine’s ripe black cherry and plum flavors and found the mouthfeel to be rock solid and the acid-tannin balance just right. Maybe it doesn’t stand out, but it will fit the bill with nary a problem.
Some leather and hickory smoke dot the nose, and there’s some maple and whisky notes, too. The mouth is fruity and fresh, although deep at its core there seems to be a vegetal hint. The finish is spicy and warm.
Made with indigenous Garganega grapes that are air dried on special mats, Recioto is a dessert wine that is delicately balanced between sweetness and finesse with almond skin, chestnut, peach and honey notes. Not imported.
Zonin’s 2006 Amarone opens with very ripe aromas of raspberry and strawberry jam followed by spice, leather and tobacco. Those raisin and dried fruit flavors appear again on the palate, pushed forward by the wine’s thickness and soft sweetness.
Very pale straw in color, this sparkler delivers measured aromas of honeydew, pear and crushed stone. It’s a direct and genuine wine that delivers the goods at an attractive price. Tasty and clean in the mouth. Imported by Zonin USA.