2009 Allegrini Amarone della Valpolicella Classico (Elsewhere $75)
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.
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.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Red cherries, cinnamon, flowers and dried herbs come together nicely in the 2009 Valpolicella Classico, a mid-weight, varietally expressive offering from Allegrini. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2012. (AG)