2009 Allegrini Amarone della Valpolicella Classico (Elsewhere $75)

SKU #1157709 96 points Decanter

 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.

95 points Wine Enthusiast

 CELLAR SELECTION: Boasting an enviable combination of opulence and finesse, this opens with aromas of black plum, vanilla, baking spices and grilled herbs. The rich palate doles out plum cake, black cherry, black pepper, cinnamon and nutmeg alongside smooth, velvety tannins. Gripping intensity holds on through the long finish. Drink through 2025. — K.O.  (12/2014)

93 points Antonio Galloni

 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.  (3/2014)

92 points Wine Spectator

 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.  (12/2013)

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)  (8/2010)

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Other Red Wines

Country:

Italy

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Veneto