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2009 Zenato Superiore Valpolicella 

Veneto, Italy

$17-$18 Retail

This medium-bodied red blend is from the historic wine district near Verona in northern Italy, and it exhibits excellent regional character. The blend of 80 percent corvina and 10 percent each sangiovese and rondinella was aged six months in stainless steel tanks followed by 12 months in Slavonian oak casks. In the glass, it offers aromas of wild berries, raisins and red and black currants as well as oak and floral notes. On the palate, the dry wine offers attractive earthiness and flavors of black cherry, plum, dried herbs and spice. The wine is ready to drink now, but it will improve with age. Decant several hours before serving. Drink it with antipasti, wild game, pasta Bolognese, lamb, grilled meats, veal dishes and hearty, firm cheeses. Buy it at: Swirl in the City and Dorignac's. Drink it at: Caesar's Deli.

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