Zenato Alanera IGT 2012 Rosso Veronese made in a partial Amarone style (grapes dried prior to fermentation), $14.99-$19.99, 91 points, poured core black grading a lovely crushed blackberry purple/red toward the broad crystal-clear wine ring.
Aromas needed a bit of swishing and swirling, but a little effort teased-out a rewarding bouquet of soft fresh-linen, fruits, herbs, and flowers.
Medium-plus body, good acidity, and mild luscious tannin managed a red wine to entice the naysayers, the doubters, and the red wine skeptical; though beguiling non-red wine drinkers, cerebral red wine aficionados too can be taken-back by the sheer pure flavors of damson plum, mulling spice, and hints of sweet tobacco.
Finished long on the trailing palate and a well-integrated 13.5% alcohol.
Varietals were 55% Corvina, 25% Rondinella, 10% Corvinone, 5% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon.
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