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2016 Allegrini Amarone della Valpolicella Classico

SKU #1541598 96 points Decanter

Outer quote mark Despite a cool, rainy spring, the 2016 vintage is one of the best in recent years due to a warm summer that never exceeded 35°C. Full of dark-fruit intensity – plum and cassis – the wine is layered with dark chocolate, black liquorice and a toasty finish with cherry notes. Velvety and extracted, it’s thick on the palate due to its youthful character. Great potential to age, with a superb natural acidity from the higher vineyard of the estate above Villa della Torre, balancing its richness of fruit and full body. (AG) Inner quote mark (3/2021)

95 points Vinous

Outer quote mark There’s a dark, mineral-driven complexity to the 2016 Amarone della Valpolicella Classico that keeps you coming back to the glass over and over again. Sometimes it’s licorice, sometimes blackberry or maraschino cherry, but always backed by a mix of autumnal spice, sour citrus and hints of animal musk that intrigue the senses. Velvety-smooth and almost creamy in weight, as sweet red fruits flesh out, taking on nuances of violet candies and cloves toward the close. This is pure elegance, dense yet balanced, and delivering a layer of fine tannins that linger long, as hints of bitter coffee and dark chocolate slowly fade. All of this, and at an amazingly respectable 15.5% abv. Bravo. (EG) Inner quote mark (2/2021)

94 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark Beautiful transparency to this with blackberry, blueberry, violet and black-olive aromas and flavors. Full-bodied, chewy and polished with creamy texture. Lots of blue fruit at the finish. Inner quote mark (8/2020)

93 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark An elegant red, medium- to full-bodied and mouthwatering throughout, this layers supple, lightly chalky tannins with a pleasing range of crushed black currant, fresh thyme and minerally salt and iron notes. Bright and polished, with a lingering, spiced finish. (AN) Inner quote mark (6/2021)

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