Zenato Alanera Rosso Veronese 2018

Alanera translates as "black wing," a reference to the raven, "corvo" in Italian, and an homage to the Valpolicella region's treasured indigenous grape, "Corvina".  Alanera is a seductive wine that derives extra richness from an innovative variation on the traditional appassimento method practiced throughout the zone.  50% of all the grapes harvested to produce this wine are partially dried for 45-60 days.  The classic Valpolicella varietals are dried in the main drying facility in Sant' Ambrogio where the Zenato family dry their Amarone grapes, while the Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon are dried at Zenato's Santa Cristina winery. The highly concentrated juice from these partially dried grapes adds an unusually complex spectrum of aromas and flavors to the blend.  12 months in barrel round out the tannin structure in this eminently drinkable red.

Tasting Notes

Brilliant ruby in color, Alanera delights the senses with a variety of aromas and flavors that include fresh and dried cherries and prunes, sweet spice, and hints of coffee and tobacco.  On the palate, Alanera is full-bodied with elegant and velvety tannins.  Vibrant acidity brings balance and freshness, and supports a long and harmonious finish.

Food Pairing

Pair Zenato's Alanera with medium-aged cheeses, cured meats, meaty fish such as sea bass fillet with Extra Virgin Olive Oil, or with braised meats and stews. 

Production Info
Production area/appellation
Verona IGT
Vineyard name
The Costalunga Estate
Soil composition
Calcareous
Training method
Guyot
Elevation
825 feet
Vines/acre
2,200
Yield/acre
3.6 tons
Exposure
Southeastern / Southern / Southwestern
Year vineyard planted
1970, 2000
Harvest time
September - October
First vintage of this wine
2012
Bottles produced of this wine
144,000
Winemaking & Aging
Varietal composition
55% Corvina, 25% Rondinella, 10% Corvinone, 5% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon
Fermentation container
Stainless steel tanks
Age of Aging Container
2-3 years
Length of alcoholic fermentation
10-15 days
Maceration technique
Submerged-Cap Fermentation
Maceration length
10-12
Malolactic fermentation
Yes
Type of aging container
Barrels and Stainless steel tanks
Length of bottle aging
3 months
Size of aging container
300-500L Tonneaux and 100-150HL Tanks
Type of oak
French
Length of aging before bottling
12 months
Analytical Data
Alcohol
13.5 %
pH level
3.55
Residual sugar
6.7 g/L
Acidity
5.5 g/L
Dry extract
35.3 g/L

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