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Allegrini Wines

Amarone Classico,
 2015

$76.99 $64.99/bottle

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Description

Thanks to a profound understanding gained during years of research and experimentations, Allegrini has perfected a style of Amarone that maintains and even enhances the full potential of the grapes.  The result of the Allegrini family’s expertise, a true classic of the appellation, this red wine embraces tradition, territory and the know-how of country ways

Variety: Amarone
Region: Veneto, Italy
Winemaker: Allegrini Wines
Size: 750 ml
Alcohol: 15.5%

Winemaker's Notes

Corvina, Corvinone, Rondinella and Oseleta are left to air dry at least until December and are checked daily to ensure perfectly healthy grapes. Lengthy refining and ageing finally yields a red wine that has become emblematic of Italian oenology, alongside Barolo and Brunello di Montalcino. It has imposing structure and depth, as much in its aromas of mature fruit and spices, as on the palate, where the alcohol is sustained by the right degree of acidity and refined tannins

Traditionally enjoyed with game, roasted and grilled meats, casseroles and well matured cheeses. Excellent with hearty dishes. Amarone’s distinctive flavor compliments new and exotic sweet and sour dishes. It is therefore also perfect with Asian and middle-eastern dishes. Serve at 18°C (64°F) and open the bottle an hour before drinking. This wine has the potential to age for more than 20 years

John's Notes

Did you know … the appassimento technique (aka Passito Method) is a process whereby the grapes are picked early (high in acidity), then laid out on wood racks to dry (shrivel) for a period of time, often over 100 days. This dehydration process concentrates the aromas/flavors and generally results in full-bodied, high alcohol, dry or off-dry, medium to high intensity wines with a dried fruit/raisin/fig component in addition to concentrated red berry and spice flavors.   Sounds good doesn’t it!

Nerdy Details

Winemaker:  Allegrini Wines, winemaker Franco Allegrini

  • Over the course of six generations, the Allegrini family has established themselves as one of the benchmark producers of the Valpolicella region. Their emphasis on single vineyard wines, native varietals, and clean winemaking drives their terroir-focused approach

Variety:  Corvina Veronese 45%, Corvinone 45%, Rondinella 5%, Oseleta 5%

Region: Amarone della Valpolicella Classico DOCG, Veneto, Italy

Climate/Vintage:

  • The vintage was characterized by fairly high temperatures and healthy grapes that were perfectly intact at harvest time. The ripening phase required two emergency irrigations in the upper hillside vineyards and also benefitted from the timely rainfall of 20th August, which helped maintain the physiological balance of the vines, resulting in the complete aromatic and phenolic ripening of the grapes. The absence of rain, except on two days, during the harvest period meant that the work was carried out easily and almost without interruption. The forecast is that vintage 2015 wines will be complex and long-lived, characterized by slightly above average alcohol content and a good balance between acidity and extract

Viticulture:

  • Our vineyard is located in the hills of the Valpolicella Classico Area at an altitude: 180-280 meters (591-919 feet) above sea level with southeast exposure
  • Soil characteristic: Varied, but mostly clayey and chalky soils of volcanic origin
  • Training system: Old vines Pergola Trentina, new vines Guyot
  • Average age of the vines: 35 years
  • Density of the vineyards: Old vines about 3,000 plants/Ha. New vines about 5,000 plants/Ha
  • Hand harvest of selected bunches carried out in late September

Winemaking:

  • Appassimento (drying process): Naturally dried for 3-4 months in the drying facility whereby the grapes lose 40-45% of their original weight
  • De-stemmed and soft-pressed in early January
  • Fermentation in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks at 8-22°C (46-72°F) for 25 days with daily periodic pumping over
  • Aging: 18 months in oak, then blended together for 7 months

Alcohol: 15.5%

RS:  2.6 g/L

Pairs Well With: Richly flavored dishes, well-aged cheeses, a nice cigar

Reviews

James Suckling (94): For a decadent but sleek wine, the ripeness level is spot-on here. It opens with glazed cherries, dried berries, vanilla, eucalyptus, caramel and wet earth, before following through to a dusty palate with tons of dried fruit, supported by fine acidity and a sweet-and-sour character

Wine & Spirits (92): Despite the warm, dry growing season of 2015, this shows fresh scents of lavender and wild thyme that lift the wine’s densely concentrated flavors of black plum and baked raspberry. Layers of dark chocolate, black olive and espresso add dimension, while a note of peppery spice lingers on the finish

Wine Spectator (91): A creamy and harmonious red, medium to full-bodied, featuring light, dusty tannins that frame the flavors of baked black cherry, date, grilled thyme and loamy earth. Fresh and elegant, with a spiced finish. Corvina, Corvinone, Rondinella and Oseleta. Drink now through 2027

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