The Allegrini family has been handing down grape growing and wine producing traditions over many generations, playing a major role in the Valpolicella Classico area for many centuries. Giovanni Allegrini was the founder of the new generation: He was extremely proud to be part of the Valpolicella, and dedicated his many resources and energies to this land. He was among the first to question local viticultural techniques, to revolutionize accepted practices, and to speak clearly about quality. He was able to combine the science of enology with strict grape selection, and between 1960 and 1970, made some of the Valpolicella's best wines. Allegrini's winemaking philosophy is largely based on the concept of 'cru' production: a single vineyard dedicated to the production of local varieties destined to become a single wine. These crus have been a success worldwide: Palazzo della Torre, La Grola and La Poja have set the highest benchmarks for Valpolicella's wines. Allegrini's winemaking style has focused on emphasizing the local grapes, crafting enticing wines that always show elegance, intensity, concentration and complexity. Their highly acclaimed Amarone is an ideal example of this style. Villa Giona, a refined Bordeaux-inspired red, completes Allegrini's top-quality portfolio. According to Gambero Rosso, Italy's most important wine publication, Allegrini is a "Star" winery, a winery that has won at least ten "3-glass" awards. This rare honor is given to a select few of Italy's top producers and recognizes them for consistently producing outstanding wines across many vintages.
This sleek, polished red offers juicy blackberry and black fruit flavors, backed by refined tannins and well-integrated acidity. Hard to stop sipping. Corvina Veronese, Rondinella and Sangiovese. Drink now through 2020. 26,000 cases imported. Oct 31, 2011
The 2008 Palazzo Della Torre is striking in this vintage. It shows remarkable harmony in a tense, mineral-infused expression of fruit. Hints of licorice, tobacco, mocha and spices develop in the glass, adding further complexity and nuance. All of the elements flow gracefully to a finish layered with the essence of crushed rocks and flowers. This is an absolutely delicious wine from Allegrini. Palazzo della Torre is made with a partial ripasso technique in which 30% of the fruit is dried Amarone-style, while the other 70% is picked and vinified conventionally. Once again, Palazzo della Torre is one of the very finest values in Italian wine. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2020. #199Feb 2012
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