2014 Zenato Alanera

SKU #1415186 93 points James Suckling

 This is a delicious new red from Zenato with plenty of dark berry, chocolate and spice. Walnut undertone. Full body, round and velvety texture. Blend of Merlot and Corvina. Drink now or hold.  (10/2017)

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Price: $13.99

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By: John Downing | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/28/2019 | Send Email
While most Italian red wines are best with food, Zenato's Alanera is wonderful on its own yet remains excellent at the dinner table. It's packed with rich fruit flavors and is smooth in texture with a very long finish. This very modestly priced Veronese red blend is a great everyday red that's perfect for parties, bbqs and evening meals.

By: Sharon Kelly | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/28/2019 | Send Email
Fans of Amarone will really love this wine not just because of the similar profile but the price point! There's a lot of wine being offered here for a mere $13.99: it's full-bodied and gushing with concentrated red fruit, soul-warming spice, and a luxuriously plush mouthfeel. The Bordeaux varietals give it a certain je ne sais quoi and bright acidity balances out the richness beautifully. Fantastic stuff!

By: Kirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/28/2019 | Send Email
A super Valpolicalla Ripasso deal. That makes this wine way more complicated than it truly is. This rich Valpolicella Ripasso with the intrigue of Bordeaux. The fruit is all Italian, dark and rich and the secondary elements of savory olive, chocolate and spice are from Bordeaux. This is an effortless wine that is very drinkable.

By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/21/2019 | Send Email
The Zenato is such a fun intriguing take on a Passito styled Valpolicella meets sur maturite Bordeaux that it is at once a head scratcher and total palate pleaser. The one foot in Italy gives you the zest and sweet dried fruit of an Amarone with its supple profile of carmelized figs, cocoa and tobacco. The classic French varities of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon lend oodles of currant jam and roasted plum flavors. This is a fun treat regardless and makes for an exceptional full bodied treat that won't break the bank for your everyday red or go-to party wine.

By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/21/2019 | Send Email
The nose of this wine is spicy, full of complex aromatics green olive, coffee, chocolate, red berries and hints of leather, tobacco and porcini abound. On the palate you can feel a distinct weight yet it is so lively it seems to lift the back end of the palate with excellent acidity and balance. A long finish really displays the flavors again and again. The wine is a blend of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon along with Rondinella, Corvina and Molinara, the Valpolicella grapes have been dried for 8 weeks to concentrate the flavors and then the two are blended together after a year in barrel. This is a truly impressive wine and even more so for the price!

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