Wine Find: 2009 Zenato Valpolicella Classico Superiore

Wine Find: 2009 Zenato Valpolicella Classico Superiore (Handout photo, Handout photo / March 20, 2012)

From: Valpolicella Classico, Veneto, Italy

Price: $14

Serve with: Pasta Bolognese, grilled meat

This lush, soft, seductive red wine offers a medium-full body and appealing flavors of black cherries, Asian spices, mountain herbs and a subtle earthiness. Imported by Leonardo Loscascio, this is a wine with a lot of character — a cut above the ordinary Valpolicella — that doesn't need further aging to be immensely satisfying.

Michael Dresser