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Allegrini Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2008

Corvina, Verona Province, Veneto & North-East Italy, Italy, 2008
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The Allegrini family`s southeast facing vineyards are located in the Valpolicella Classico hills at 180-280 metres above sea level. The soils are varied, but mostly chalky, stony and well-drained. The older vines are 30 years old on average, pergola trentina trained, with about 3,000 vines per hectare. Newer vines are single Guyot trained with about 5,000 vines per hectare.

A warm spring followed a mild winter. Summer was hot and rain in August allowed the grapes to ripen perfectly. Despite the hailstorm which affected many producers, Allegrini harvested healthy, well-spaced grapes in perfect condition for drying.

The grapes dried at `Terre di Fumane`, a state of the art drying centre with controlled temperature and humidity. By drying the grapes under these conditions, the development of botrytis is avoided, and the integrity of the fruit preserved. During the drying period, the grapes lost 40-45% of their original weight. Vinification took place in the first two weeks of January. The dried grapes were de-stemmed, crushed and fermented in stainless steel between 22-31ºC. Maceration lasted 25 days, with daily pumping over. The wine was racked into 100% new oak barrique (225 litres) in March for 18 months. After blending, it spent 7 months in 8,700 litre oak casks, and 14 months in bottle.

Deep ruby, intensely perfumed with dried cherries, ripe blackberries and a spicy, smoky note. Powerful and full-bodied, more intensely fruity than the 2006, with lower acidity, supple tannins and a sweet-savoury character with a bitter cherry twist on the long finish.


Across the range and from vintage to vintage, they have superb fruit, balance, intensity, length, elegance, tipicity and, above all, drinkability.  We have long been massive fans of the Allegrini wines.  Our visit to the estate in 2007 cemented this affection further.

Each wine has winemaker Franco Allegrini’s distinct stamp of quality, but every one has its own distinctive character. They are among the elite of the world’s best producers of red wines. The family has been growing grapes in Valpolicella for several generations, and the estate in its current form was founded by Giovanni Allegrini. When he died in 1983, it passed to his three children, who ran it together until Walter’s death in July 2003. Franco now looks after the vineyards and is the winemaker, while Marilisa is director of marketing. From the 2007 vintage, Franco sacrificed the Classico status of the Valpolicella and bottled the wine under Stelvin in order to eliminate as much as possible the problems of cork taint and random oxidation. Their south-east facing vineyards are located in the hills of the Valpolicella Classico region ranging from 150-250 metres above sea level for the Valpolicella to as high as 310 metres at the top of Podere La Grola where the chalky, white La Poja vineyard stretches across 2.65 hectares. Soils are very varied but mostly chalky, of volcanic origin, especially in La Poja where the soil is 78% chalk. The older vineyards are trained using the pergola Trentina system, planted with about 3,000 vines per hectare, whereas the newer ones use the single Guyot system with 5,000 plants per hectare. The vines are 28 years old on average.

Wine features
  • 0.75l volume
  • 15.5% ABV
  • Drink by 2020
  • Cork Closure
  • Limited Availability
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