The "fabulous" 2009 Amarone della Valpolicella Classico from Allegrini is a really superb wine. A top-class Amarone made by one of Northern Italy’s most historic winemaking families, this is a brilliant wine to be enjoyed over the coming years.
The Allegrini family are synonymous with Amarone. Based in Fumane di Valpolicella, Veneto since the 16th century, the Allegrinis have played an integral role in the history of winemaking in the region. Their estate has been passed down through the generations and balances traditional and modern techniques to create superb wines of intensity, balance and utter character. Italian wine expert Antonio Galloni calls them a “reference-point estate in Veneto” and their wine “one of the best Amarone’s to drink young”.
Amarone is traditionally made by drying Corvina, Rondinella and Molinara grapes for three to four months on bamboo mats under terracotta roofs before squeezing the remaining nectar from the dried grapes to produce beautiful wines with intense, raisined fruit character. It is a meticulous and expensive process and Amarones from top producers such as Quintarelli can sell for several thousands of pounds a case.
This underlines just what good value for money the 2009 Allegrini Amarone really is: it offers a brilliant and affordable insight into a classic Italian wine. Galloni has called Allegrini’s “one of the best Amarones to drink young”, and described the 2009 as “fabulous right now” and “best enjoyed at the dinner table”. As such, it is an excellent drinking wine that will be perfect for hosting and sharing with friends for several years to come.
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Average critic rating : 93.0 points
The 2009 Amarone della Valpolicella Classico is a beautiful, “international” rendition that shows the soft and supple side of Amarone with loads of ripe fruit sweetness. You don’t find the thorny notes of oxidation you sometimes get with Amarone. This expression opens with an inky, impenetrable appearance and shows lingering notes of exotic spice, smoked bacon, grilled herb and blackberry preserves. Drink 2015-2025. ||The Allegrini family is one of the strongest pillars supporting the centuries-old winemaking traditions of the Valpolicella and the veritable renaissance those traditions are experiencing today. Until recently, winemaker Franco Allegrini was the driving force at the estate, but today his lovely sister Marilisa has become the face of the brand. Thanks to her tireless, globe-trotting promotional efforts, I’d definitely put Marilisa on a list of the top five ambassadors of Valpolicella. eRobertParker.com.October, 2013
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