The result of the Allegrini family’s expertise, a true classic of the appellation, this red wine embraces tradition, territory and the know-how of country ways. Corvina, Corvinone, Rondinella and Oseleta are left to air dry at least until December and are checked daily to ensure perfectly healthy grapes.
Grape Varieties: Corvina Veronese 75%, Rondinella 20%, Oseleta 5%
Vineyards: Located in the hills of the Valpolicella Classico area
Soil characteristics: Very varied but mostly clayey and chalky soils, of volcanic origin
Average age of vines: 25 years
Harvest: Carried out during the second fortnight of September
Harvesting method: Hand harvest of selected bunches APPASSIMENTO (natural drying) of the grapes for 3-4 months in the drying loft, where they lose 40-45% of their original weight
Pressing: In the first fortnight of January De-stalking and soft crushing
Fermentation: In temperature controlled stainless steel tanks
Maceration time: 21 days. Daily periodic pumping over
Ageing: Matured in wood for 18 months. Blended together for 7 months. Matured in bottle for 14 months
Alcohol content: 15.40 % Vol.
Vintage characteristics: 2000 was a year of average productivity, in terms of quantity. Meteorological conditions were characterised by rather high temperatures and low precipitation. These two factors, together with a good climate during the period of harvest, determined a well-structured product with a high alcohol content. The perfumes, given the high temperatures, were characterised by notes of ripe fruit.
Tasting notes: A well-structured, complex, elegant and velvety wine, with intense ruby red colour. It has a warm and spicy bouquet, with aroma of raisins. In fact, it is made from dried Corvina Veronese, Rondinella and Oseleta grapes, by using the thousand-year-old technique of APPASSIMENTO. After being harvested, the grapes are left to dry naturally for three to four months. Amarone is an extremely important wine in Italian viticulture, an exclusive and unique symbol of the Valpolicella region. In the course of time Allegrini has improved its production with the aim to best preserve the characteristics of the fruit and has established itself as one of the truest interpreters of its uniqueness. It can age for more than 20 years.
Serving suggestions: This wine is traditionally enjoyed with game, roasted and grilled meats, casseroles and well matured cheeses. Excellent with hearty dishes. Since the grapes are allowed to dry partially before fermenting, Amarone has a distinctive flavour which can also accompany new or exotic sweet and sour dishes. It is therefore also perfectly suited for drinking with Asian and middle-eastern dishes.
Serve at 18°C (64°F) and open the bottle an hour before drinking.