Italian Red Wines

I love Italian red wines, Amarone is a particular favourite of mine, especially the Amarones from Zenato. Both the standard Amarone and the Sergio Zenato Riserva are consistently superb year on year. If you can't stretch to this price point Zenato Ripassa is known as "baby Amarone". It is Valpolicella wine that has gone through the "Ripasso" treatment of a secondary fermentation on the Amarone pommace which gives it more depth, flavour and alcohol. Indeed Zenato's Ripassa is better than many cheap Amarones.

There is much more to Italian red wines than just Amarone though. Many of Italy's best red wines are world famous in their own right such as Brunello di Montalcino, the pinnacle of Sangiovese. Barolo is known as "the king of wines" although personally despite having tasted many of the highly rated ones, it's just not my personal cup of tea, but everybody has their own preferred taste. There is great Sangiovese in the form of good Chianti Classico Riservas. Superb Bordeaux blends such as DOC Bolgheri, and we have an organic beauty from it''s neighbour Maremma from Cantina La Selva. The "Super Tuscans" sprang up when the authorities over regulated production and great winemakers chose to avoid the classification system altogether and label their top wines as "Vino da Tavola" - costing upwards of £100 per bottle for the great ones!

There are a great many natural producers in Italy too such as Sequerciani farming traditional grapes such as Pugnitello and Foglia Tonda. And good value hot weather wines coming from Puglia such as Negroamaro and Primitivo. Without a doubt Italy has a red wine to suit every taste and budget.




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  1. Amarone Zenato

    Amarone Classico Della Valpolicella Zenato to give it it's full name is one of the finest Amarones on the market and Zenato are one of the top Amarone producers. They are members of the elite Amarone producers consortium of course. This Amarone is made by Alberto Zenato who took over the winemaking from his father, the great Sergio Zenato, who sadly passed away a few years back.

    In my opinion one of the best and most consistent Amarones on the market. Certainly my favourite out of all the big name Amarones out there. I've been drinking this wine for as long as I can remember and have never had a disappointing vintage. Consistently excellent every year!

    Sulphite level: Medium Low

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    £41.99
  2. Sansonina

    Sansonina is a masterpiece of winemaking, a truly unique wine from Carla Prospero and Nadia Zenato.

    Sulphite level: Low

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    £40.00

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