A benchmark Italian wine from a superb vintage
The Allegrini estate in Veneto is regular award winner and it was voted “wine estate of the year in 2016” by Gambero Rosso, a Italian wine journal. It is unquestionably one of the greatest names in Valpolicella and without exaggeration, in Italy. This historical family estate, still in the hands of the Allegrini family, has been cultivating vines on Valpolicella terroir since the 16th century. Today, it has 100 hectares in a “Classico” zone, a historical area of production that pledges quality.
The Allegrini estate produces numerous wines in Valpolicella, including the renowned Amarone della Valpolicella Classico, which Gambero Rosso has awarded 13 times with “three glasses”, the highest award in Italy. The 2012 vintage is among the many awarded with a high score.
Produced from the Corvina, Rondinella and Oseleta indigenous varietals, the Allegrini Amarone della Valpolicella Classico DOC 2012 is a velvety wine with an imposing structure. The passerillage method (or "appassimento") is used to make the Amarone. This method consists of drying the berries on racks for several months as a way to concentrate the aromas and flavours. The Allegrini estate has perfected this technique and lets the clusters rest for 3 to 4 months during which time the total volume reduces by 40%! The wine produced here reveals an intense colour with a warm aromatic profile that consists of black fruit, dried fruit and spices. It is a wine with great depth and the ability to age for a long time. This Amarone pairs beautifully with game, braised meat, and aged cheeses, as well as with the more typical spicy or sweet-and-sour dishes.
Wine Advocate-Parker :
Allegrini has crafted a wine of enormous power and opulence. The 2012 Amarone della Valpolicella Classico is out-sized and decisively overdone. This wine will appeal to a hard-core group of Amarone enthusiasts who appreciate extra darkness, extract and intensity. You get all of that in this hot-vintage Amarone, and you also get a significant dose of oak spice (it ages in barrique for 18 months). In fact, those toasted tones of Christmas spice, clove and dark vanilla are what first emerge from the bouquet. And they emerge with force. The wine is super thick and dense. You could almost drink it with a spoon. I drank from the bottle 24 hours after opening it, and the wine was just as pristine and impactful as the day before. It remained virtually unchanged. The alcohol touches 16%.