2008 Allegrini "Palazzo della Torre" Veronese

SKU #1080355 90 points Wine Spectator

 *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.  (10/ 2011)

89 points 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.  (2/ 2012)

K&L Notes

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.

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By: Chris Miller |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 6/11/2012  | Send Email
Year in, year out, this is one of the most crowd pleasing wines coming out of Italy. Appassimento (the labor intensive drying of grapes to concentrate their sugars and flavors) is a tricky thing; too little and you've put in a lot of work for nothing, but too much and you wind up with a sticky mess, a heavy, dull and alcoholic wine that's a chore to drink. The Allegrini estate are masters of this technique, and use just enough (in this case, about 30%) to give the wine richness and depth of flavor while maintaining balance and the appropriate level of finesse. The varietal make up gives another dimension to this very intriguing wine. Bottom line just an awesome wine to serve with rustic, strudy fare or to simply sip on it's own. And without a doubt, hands down one of the most "over-delivering" wine from the price tag in the store. CM

By: Greg St. Clair |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 6/11/2012  | Send Email
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This wine is irresistibly supple; it seems like the soft, rich fruit laps against your palate with wave after wave of chocolaty ripe fruit. Smooth and relaxed on the palate with just a glint of tannin that gives the richness a bit of focus the wine is effortless to drink. Although ripe it isnít over ripe, the wine is a bit reminiscent of its Big Brother Amarone with the powerful richness but restrained when it comes to being balanced. The wine only has 13.5% alcohol and has that freshness but drinks like a bit more serious wine. This wine is perfect for summertime BBQ and pasta.
Drink from 2012 to 2014

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Varietal:

Other Red Wines

Country:

Italy

- Once named Enotria for its abundant vineyards, Italy (thanks to the ancient Greeks and Romans) has had an enormous impact on the wine world. From the shores of Italy, the Romans brought grapes and their winemaking techniques to North Africa, Spain and Portugal, Germany, France, the Danube Valley, the Middle East and even England. Modern Italy, which didn't actually exist as a country until the 1870s, once produced mainly simple, everyday wine. It wasn't until the 1970s that Italy began the change toward quality. The 1980s showed incredible efforts and a lot of experimentation. The 1990s marked the real jump in consistent quality, including excellence in many Region that had been indistinct for ages. The entire Italian peninsula is seeing a winemaking revolution and is now one of the most exciting wine Region in the world. For our entire Italian wine selection, click here. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of Italy.
Sub-Region:

Veneto

Alcohol Content (%): 13.5