Allegrini Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2016
Allegrini Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2016 grape varietals: 90% Corvina/Corvinone, 5% Oseleta and 5% Rondinella.
Dark ruby red colour. A rich, complex and powerful wine characterised by dried red fruit and spicy notes. Intense aromas of cherry, plum and blackberry fruit with hints of tobacco, liquorice and leather spice. There is a drop of violet florals in the bouquet too. On the deep and thick palate, the fruit flavours turn towards dried cherry, raisin, prune and dark berry jam with complements of dark chocolate, liquorice and earthy spice. Its imposing structure, superb balance and refined tannins prelude a velvety and spicy finish with a long persistence.
The Allegrini family’s south-east facing vineyards are in the Valpolicella Classico hills at 180–280 metres above sea level. The soils are mostly well-draining chalk and clay.
After harvesting by hand, the grapes are dried at ‘Terre di Fumane’, a state of the art drying centre with controlled temperature and humidity. During the 3 month drying period, the grapes lost 40–45% of their original weight. Vinification took place in the first 2 weeks of January. The dried grapes then go through de-stemming, crushing and fermentation in stainless steel tanks at controlled temperatures between 8–22ºC. Maceration lasts 25 days with daily pumping over. The wine ages in 100% new oak barriques (225 litres) for 18 months. After blending, it spent 7 months in 8,700 litre oak casks and another 14 months in bottle.
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AWARDS & ACCOLADES
There’s no end to this list! This wine was rated the best Amarone by Italian wine guides 2021. As reported by the magazine ‘Civiltà Del Bere’, it is the only Amarone to have obtained the highest possible recognition by 5 out of the main 6 national guides (Ais Vitae, Bibenda, Doctor Wine by Daniele Cernilli, Vini d’Italia by Gambero Rosso, Slow Wine, I Vini di Veronelli). And that’s not even the limit of its achievements!
Very attractive dried fruit, such as plums, with fig and walnut undertones. Full-bodied with round, polished tannins that are chewy, but very smooth. Flavorful finish.
– 5 GRAPES
– 3 GOLD STARS
– 95 POINTS
Dark, rich ruby garnet. On the nose, a noble spicy note of fruit tea, dried rose hips and a hint of blood orange, in the aftertaste of mint and dark chocolate. Rich and full on the palate, spreads out with great compactness and fruity sweetness, tightly drawn, juicy finish.
– 95 POINTS
Ripe plum, blue flower and spice aromas lift out of the glass in this full-bodied red. The smooth, concentrated palate boasts a weightless elegance, delivering blackberry compote, ripe Morello cherry, licorice and baking spice framed in enveloping, velvety tannins. Drink 2022–2031.
– 95 POINTS
There’s a dark, mineral-driven complexity to the 2016 Amarone della Valpolicella Classico that keeps you coming back to the glass over and over again. Sometimes it’s licorice, sometimes blackberry or maraschino cherry, but always backed by a mix of autumnal spice, sour citrus and hints of animal musk that intrigue the senses. Velvety-smooth and almost creamy in weight, as sweet red fruits flesh out, taking on nuances of violet candies and cloves toward the close. This is pure elegance, dense yet balanced, and delivering a layer of fine tannins that linger long, as hints of bitter coffee and dark chocolate slowly fade. All of this, and at an amazingly respectable 15.5% abv. Bravo. Drinking window: 2023 – 2036
– 93 POINTS
An elegant red, medium- to full-bodied and mouthwatering throughout, this layers supple, lightly chalky tannins with a pleasing range of crushed black currant, fresh thyme and minerally salt and iron notes. Bright and polished, with a lingering, spiced finish. Drink now through 2030.
Allegrini’s Amarone brings together grapes from hillside estate vineyards in the Classico zone, predominantly around the town of Fumane. It is rounded out with 5% Oseleta which amps up both colour and tannins. Vanilla, cedar and cherry are upfront and the oak is prominent yet polished. This is a compact, chewy Amarone that really bursts with dried cherry and plum skin on the long finish. It could do with a few years in the bottle to assimilate but has the backbone and concentration to age a decade beyond that. Drinking Window 2023 – 2033
– 92 POINTS