Amarone della Valpolicella Classico DOCG by Allegrini
Allegrini’s calling-card Amarone, the wine on which their reputation rests year on year (and it’s a reputation well deserved). A classic in every sense, this represents the vision of the company as well as a perfect representation of the core character of the region, the style, the idea, even, of Amarone della Valpolicella.
Winemaking: manually harvested bunches, dried very extensively for up to 120 days in the fruttaio before gentle-pressing and fermentation in stainless steel for about a month. A year and a half ageing in oak before being held back for 7 months before release.
Assemblage: corvina 45%, corvinone 45%, rondinella 5%, oseleta 10%.
Soil: mostly clay and calcareous igneous soils.
Colour: deep purple, but a translucent russet hue towards the rim.
Aroma: green and purple figs, Maraschino, a hint of ripe banana and blackcurrant jam, with more pepper than vanilla in the spice notes.
Palate: really intense fruit-forward wine, with the greater focus on grape character than oak producing a purity and density of berry and plum notes, as well as very judicious acidity and tannins to fill out the mouthfeel. Lingering coffee and cocoa powder, as well as a distinct herbal characteristic (like bay leaf). Long, subtle and supple.
Ageability: expect it to flourish for the next 8-12 years easily, and probably beyond.
Pairing: the traditional dishes like bigoi con l’arna of course, but North African and Middle Eastern meat dishes would also find a surprising partner given its elevated fruit notes.