“By the standards of its era, the 1986 Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Riserva Sergio Zenato is a big, big wine even though the residual sugar and dry extract numbers are actually lower or in line with those of the wines produced during the 1980s. Hints of Smoke, licorice, tobacco and smoke emerge in the glass, adding complexity and nuance. A striking finish bristling with pure energy rounds things out nicely.”
The 1986 I Sodi di San Niccolò is one of the most interesting wines of the 1980s. It boasts tremendous extract and sheer density from start to finish. The aromas and flavors aren’t quite as focused or delineated as in some of the other wines of this era, but the harmony and sheer depth are more than enough to compensate. This is an immensely rewarding wine bursting with fruit all the way through to the juicy, explosive finish. Today it comes across as young, with as much as another decade of fine drinking ahead of it. Hints of tar, game and licorice wrap around the rich, insistent close. The 1986 is the product of one of the most generous harvests of the 1980s.