1997 Allegrini Amarone della Valpolicella Classico

SKU #995761 97 points James Suckling

 This is amazing. The wine is so focused and racy with refined and long tannins. It goes on for minutes. A superb wine. Still needs years, yet so wonderful. So complex with layers of chocolate, berries and spices.  (4/2015)

93 points Wine Spectator

 *Cellar Selection* Still closed, yet there's masses of fruit here, so give this outstanding Amarone some time. Vivid aromas of violets, berries and vanilla lead into this full-bodied wine, with its velvety, chewy tannins and a long, long finish.  (4/2001)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The estate’s 1997 Amarone is undeniably showy and exuberant. Super-ripe red fruits, spices and flowers come together in this elegant, rich Amarone. Despite its opulence, the wine also shows remarkable delicacy and nuance. This is a terrific effort from Allegrini. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2017. (AG-In the Cellar)  (5/2010)

Jancis Robinson

 Corvina 75%, Rondinella 20%, Molinara 5%. Aged in 100% new oak. Opaque, dark ruby, with dense rim showing orange tinges. Peppery, sweet, intense, unmistakably passito, and lifted at the beginning. Hint of mould of the appasito, dark cherry and hints of cumin, earth. Savoury at first, becoming sweeter and more intense with aeration. Impressions keep changing with aeration, and show more development and age. Only the merest hint of tar. Very lively, dark fruit palate, with lots of structuring acidity. Rustic tannic core makes it a full-blown food wine. Traditional and not very sweet (5 g/l RS), but well balanced. (WS)  (3/2012)

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Other Red Wines

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Italy

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Veneto