This is extremely youthful as a 1967 gets. Yet, it shows its elegant bottle age.
The nose reveals classic Valpolicella. Sour dark cherries, blackberries, black raspberries, raisins, stew plums, raspberries, poached/baked strawberries, rhubarb, bright fruit liqueur, Kirsch cherries, licorice/cola notes, cognac/brandy hues, touch of V/A-bandaid, dark, rich earth sandstone, fresh tobacco leaf, tomatoes with leaf, hints of sage, eucalyptus/mint notes, dry top soils, crushed rock powder, with fresh & withering; red, dark, blue and purple florals.
The body is; lush, rich, round & juicy. Excellent viscosity. Sour dark cherries dry raisins, dates, blackberries, black raspberries, stew plums, raspberries, poached/baked strawberries, rhubarb, bright fruit liqueur, Kirsch cherries, licorice/cola notes, cognac/brandy hues, touch of V/A-bandaid, dark, rich earth sandstone, river stone, fresh tobacco leaf, tomatoes with leaf, hints of sage, eucalyptus/mint notes, dry top soils, crushed rock powder, with bright, fresh & withering; red, dark, blue and purple florals. The acidity is flat out sick. The tension, structure, balance & length are a stunning rare treat with a wine of this age. The long, beautiful finish is; well knitted, polished and extremely elegant. It is true wire to wire
For the most part, the older Valpolicella gets the better it is!
Photos of; their barrel room, hillside vineyard, library & aging cellar & our Allen Brother’s Ribcap with Christina’s Potato Wedges & cooked carrots. — 20 days ago
Enjoyable, balanced fruit, paired with Thai food — 21 days ago
The rock is primal. Earth elemental with fresh cut. Hint of pineapple and triumphant tannins coat your tongue with flavor. Minerals like a mine shaft. — 7 days ago
Grew in complexity and character over its 1.5 hour decant. Light compared to its peers, this was all dried raisins and apricots and a little bit of cedar. Cerebral sipper.
— 6 days ago
Excellent ... Woody with a slight hint of smoked fruit. It resembles a fry of red fruits and honey. Sumptuous and vibrant body. A guard wine in the memory cellar. You can't forget. Soft tannins that fill all the senses that adorn the palate. I recommend ... — 18 days ago
May be my favorite wine — 10 days ago
Didn’t even need a decant, this babe was ready to go the second I popped the cork. This was all dried blackberries and dark plum with sturdy tannins begging for a rack of lamb. — 6 days ago
Classic amarone. Dark cherry. Tobacco and a hint of spice on the nose. It is well halved and drinking well an hour after opening. Thanks effect wine for the fall season - to keep my warm whilst grilling! — 13 days ago
Never had the riserva before but loving the normal amarones from Zenato. They age always very well.
This however is clearly in another league. Very extracted! Tanins very present. Though it is drinking nicely I will keep my other bottles and revisit in another 5 years. Good future I think and hope 😉. — a month ago