“While 2003 was a hot vintage, Amarone was less affected than other wines. This one is a lovely, medium weight combination of dried and fresh fruit with sweet oak spice and balsamic notes. Richly flavored and with surprisingly good acidity for the vintage.”
“What a pleasure it is to taste the 2003 Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Riserva Sergio Zenato, one of the most pleasant surprises in this tasting. Black cherries, mint, leather and licorice are some of the many notes that flow from this explosive, totally expressive Amarone. The 2003 boasts notable richness, power and full-throttle opulence. Readers will recall that 2003 was a blisteringly hot year in Italy, hardly the conditions that are ideal for Amarone. Yes, the 2003 has a lot of richness and overtness, yet Zenato has somehow managed to balance those elements beautifully here. Ideally, the 2003 needs another few years for some of the baby fat to melt away. There is a lot to admire here.”
Wine Spectator Insider - Very nutty and floral on the nose, with crushed black fruit and notes of violet and fresh herbs. Full-bodied and fresh, with lots of dried fruit and floral character, fine, firm tannins and a long, mineral finish. Tightly packed and refined.