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Zenato Cresasso 2004

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13.5% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

Cresasso has a rich ruby color. On the nose one senses red fruits such as amarena and bing cherries, very characteristic of the Corvina grape. On the palate the wine is soft and elegant, with the typical pleasantness for which the wines of Zenato are known. Ideal with roasted meats, aged cheeses, and spicy tomato sauces.

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RP 93
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2004 Cresasso (100% Corvina) is an intense wine loaded with dark fruit, spices and French oak. A rich, concentrated red, it possesses remarkable inner sweetness as suggestions of licorice, tar and smoke gradually emerge from the glass. Creasasso is made from a relatively young, densely-planted vineyard, and the wine is aged in medium-sized French oak barrels. 2004 is the first vintage for this wine, and judging by this effort, Zenato has yet another success on their hands. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2018. This is a superb set of wines from Zenato. Sadly, Sergio Zenato passed away earlier this year, but his children Alberto and Nadia, along with their mother Carla, are in good shape to provide continuity going forward.
WS 90
Wine Spectator
There's good concentration of peppery dried cherry and plum, with rich herb and raw chocolate. Full-bodied, with soft tannins and a long, thick, almost syrupy mouthfeel, but this leaves a crisp passion fruit and citrus aftertaste. Very concentrated, from just slightly dried Corvina grapes. A new wine from this producer. Best after 2008. 2,100 cases made.
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Zenato, Veneto, Italy
2004 Cresasso
Zenato is a company that 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, an area with an extraordinary microclimate that allows for an optimal growing season. The Zenato family is passionate in their dedication, vigorous research and innovation.

The company started with Sergio Zenato and his wife Carla as they began to produce quality wines from an indigenous varietal, Trebbiano di Lugana, and it has been passed down through the generations to their children. Currently, their daughter Nadia handles the marketing and promotional activity for the company, and their son Alberto oversees all aspects of production, from the growing of the vines to the time when the bottling process is complete.

Over time Zenato has explored another very important area of Italian wine production, Valpolicella, where they have dedicated endless efforts to the improvement and success of Amarone production, a wine of noble attributes and prestige. Zenato has entered into international markets and received the highest accolades from the wine industry's leading experts. Today, Zenato continues to look forward and make investments to develop projects based both in the area of Valpolicella and the area of Lugana.

A large and diverse wine region in northeastern Italy, the Veneto is home to a vast array of different styles of wine. With no defining regional characteristics, it can be a bit confusing to the general consumer to parse through its many subzones, but the patient wine lover will find many treasures to be discovered here, typically at wallet-friendly prices. Red and white wines are produced here, with more emphasis on the latter, as well as the ultra-popular sparkling wine Prosecco. The region is sheltered from harsh northern European winters by the Alps, which form its northern border, but the climate is still relatively cool, making the Veneto ideal for white wine production.

Much of Italy’s Pinot Grigio hails from the Veneto, where it can range from neutral and inoffensive to crisp and refreshing. Soave, made primarily from the Garganega grape, has a reputation for producing relatively ordinary, bulk wines, but can be very elegant when yields are carefully monitored, with aromas of lemon, almond, and white flowers. Valpolicella is the region’s best-known red wine, with juicy, tart red cherry flavors derived from the Corvina grape. Recioto and Amarone wines made from dried grapes are a regional specialty and can be very intense, heady, and cerebral.

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With hundreds of red grape varieties to choose from, winemakers have the freedom to create a virtually endless assortment of blended wines. In many European regions, strict laws are in place determining the set of varieties that may be used, but in the New World experimentation is permitted and encouraged. Blending can be utilized to create complex wines with many different layers of flavors and aromas, or to create more balanced wines. For example, a variety that is soft and full-bodied may be combined with one that is lighter with naturally high acidity. Sometimes small amounts of a particular variety are added to boost color or aromatics. Blending can take place before or after fermentation, with the latter, more popular option giving more control to the winemaker over the final qualities of the wine.

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