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 Varietals: 80% Corvina Veronese, 15% Rondinella, 5% Oseleta
Vineyard Location: Located in the hills of the Valpolicella Classico area
Soil Characteristics: Varied, but mostly clayey and chalky soils of volcanic origin
Average Age: of the Vines 29 years
Harvest: Late September
Harvesting Method: Manuel, of selected bunches. Drying (Appassimento) Naturally dried for 3-4 months in the drying facility where the grapes lose 40-45% of their original weight Pressing: De-stemmed and soft-pressed in early January
Maceration: 25 days with daily periodic pump overs
Fermentation: In temperature controlled stainless steel tanks
Ageing: 18 months in oak, then blended together for 7 months
Bottling: July 2011
Bottle Ageing: 14 months
Alcohol Content: 15.95% volume
Vintage characteristics: 2008 marked a return to normalcy as far as the vegetative cycle was concerned. After several years of very early ripening, in 2008 the harvest started in late September. However, it was abnormal in the sense that there was substantially heavy rainfall in the early stages of growth between April-May that provoked an increase in the recorded number of downy mildew attacks in Valpolicella between April and May. Additionally, there were a number of hailstorms which, fortunately, only minimally affected the vineyards. Rapid and careful management of the vineyards ensures a significant reduction in the impact of unfavorable climatic events, thereby permitting the production of enjoyable, wellbalanced wines. From September onwards, climatic conditions were perfect, with no rainfall, good sun exposure and a considerable difference between day and night temperatures. The perfect amount of daylight hours enabled the grapes to
complete their ripening cycle. As in 2004 and 2006, we were able to produce a wine that will certainly be appreciated for its fine character, elegance and richness of aromas, as well as for their storage potential.
Tasting notes: 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. Lengthy refining and ageing finally yields a red wine that has become emblematic of Italian oenology, alongside Barolo and Brunello di Montalcino. It has imposing structure and depth, as much in its aromas of mature fruit and spices, as on the palate, where the alcohol is sustained by the right degree of acidity and refined tannins.
Food Pairings: Traditionally enjoyed with game, roasted and grilled meats, casseroles and well matured cheeses. Excellent with hearty dishes. Amarone’s distinctive flavour compliments new and exotic sweet and sour dishes. It is therefore also perfect with Asian and middle-eastern dishes. Serve at 18°C (64°F) and open the bottle an hour before drinking. This wine has the potential to age for more than 20 years.