2009 Allegrini Amarone della Valpolicella Classico (Elsewhere $75)
Round, ripe and perfumed with hints of cherry, chocolate, herbs and woodsmoke. Glorious balance, depth of flavor and length. Finishes with a twist of smoky, dark chocolate-covered raisins.
Beautiful aromas of blueberries, minerals and dried flowers. Medium to full body with super integrated tannins and a refined tannic structure. It’s refined and very pretty.
The 2009 Amarone della Valpolicella Classico boasts serious power and depth. Mocha, chocolate, blackberry jam and graphite all flesh out in a powerful, full-bodied wine endowed with serious depth. This is an especially opulent, full-bodied vintage for Allegrini's Amarone. I am not sure how the 2009 will age, but it is fabulous right now. The super-ripe, racy style is best enjoyed at the dinner table. There is a lot to like here. (AG)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2009 Amarone della Valpolicella Classico is a beautiful, “international” rendition that shows the soft and supple side of Amarone with loads of ripe fruit sweetness. You don’t find the thorny notes of oxidation you sometimes get with Amarone. This expression opens with an inky, impenetrable appearance and shows lingering notes of exotic spice, smoked bacon, grilled herb and blackberry preserves. Drink 2015-2025. (ML)
This classic Amarone has a layered bouquet, with notes of prune, plum, nutmeg and clove, along with bell pepper notes. The palate delivers ripe blackberry and plum flavors, with hints of black pepper and chocolate. While this is very structured, restraint and freshness add elegance.
Harmonious, with depth to the layers of ferrous mineral, pure black cherry, anise, aromatic tea leaf and herb notes, showing a sense of overall finesse to the frame of fine-grained tannins and lightly juicy acidity. Drink now through 2028.