2017 Allegrini Amarone Della Valpolicella DOCG
Since the 16th century the Allegrini family has advanced the quality and viticulture within Veneto, Italy’s commune of Valpolicella. The Allegrini’s own 247 acres of prime vineyards on some of the best hillsides in Valpolicella Classico. In modern times, the late Giovanni Allegrini led the path with his strict standards “re-envisioning appassimento winemaking” and focusing on the single-vineyard expression of wines. In 1983, children Franco, Walter and Marilesa took the reins, advancing their father’s vision. Today, Marilesa is CEO of the estate.
The majority of this wine is made up of Corvina (45%) and Corvinone (45%) grapes with a vine age of 36 years old. Garnet ruby with layers of macerate cherries, dark plums and black fruit compote. The core is intertwined with roasted spices, cocoa, fig, earth and a creamy mid-palate. This is a youthful and somewhat muscular Amarone at this point in its evolution, but it is certain to transform into an exquisite butterfly over time. This Amarone is destined for a long and glorious life.
By W Peter Hoyne