2008 Allegrini "Palazzo della Torre" Veronese
*Top 100 Wines of 2011* 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.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
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.
This Valpolicella is a whole lotta' wine for the money! Sourced from the Allegrini estate in Fumane di Valpolicella north of Verona and is made from the region's traditional grapes--Corvina Veronese (70%), Rondinella (25%) and Sangiovese (5%). It's full-bodied, with dense blackberry and roasted black plum aromas and flavors accented by heady vanilla and chocolate notes. Good with steak or dessert.