(2005 Vintage) The Allegrini family estate encompasses 70 hectares of vineyard situated in the heart of the Valpolicella Classico area. The Allegrini family have been growing grapes in Valpolicella for several generations, though the estate in its current form was founded by Giovanni Allegrini. When he died in 1983, the estate passed to his three children who ran it together until Walter’s death in July 2003. Franco now looks after the vineyards and is the winemaker, and Marilisa is director of marketing. Located at the top of Podere La Grola, Sant’Ambrogio di Valpolicella, the vineyard comprises 2.65 read more...ha planted in 1979 at 310 metres above sea level, with south-east exposure. The soil is welldrained calcareous (78.5% chalk) and stony. Soils are marginally alkaline and combine with the active limestone content to reduce the vines’ vigour. Double Guyot trained vines with about 4200 vines per hectare, with the average age of 21 years. The yield is 42 Hl/Ha. This 100% Corvina Veronese is intense ruby red in colour. This wine has complex aromas of blackberries and spices on the nose. Full-bodied, intense and elegant on the palate with fruit, tannin and acidity all perfectly integrated, and the great length characteristic of a really high quality wine. (hide)
Robert Parker(2007 Vintage) Rating: 91/100 - As reviewed by Robert Parker on 02/10/2012
Wine Spectator(1997 Vintage) "Gorgeous licorice, berry, smoke, dried herbs, cherry and mineral aromas. Full-bodied, with chewy yet very fine tannins. Long-lasting on the palate. Amazing quality for this wine. Greatest wine the Allegrinis have ever made. Best after 2003. 1,500 cases made. "
Wine & Spirits(2005 Vintage) The Allegrini family has been in agriculture since before the 16th century. Palazzo della Torre is one of their most beautiful estates in all of Valpolicella. The grapes grown here reach their full potential with little disturbance. The Palazzo della Torre is a blend of Corvina Veronese, Rondinella and Sangiovese. It is a smooth, full-bodied wine that is made in an interesting ripasso stylehellip; 75% of the grapes are vinified normally while the other 25% is set aside to dry out until December. Then the two are reintroduced and fermented together, creating a gorgeous, deep ruby red wine with a berry and distinct raisin perfume. Upon mouth entry, it is bursting at the seams with intense cherry, plums and raisins. It pairs beautifully with smoked pork, portobello mushroom risotto or a mixed grill. This wine can be drunk now or aged for the next 10 years. I just couldnrsquo;t wait that long!