(From 2012 Vintage) The summer was definitely abnormal, given the high temperatures and the prolonged absence of rainfall. The providential downpour of July 17th, with 25 mm (1 inch) of rain managed, however, to restore water reserves and bring the vegetation back into a state of equilibrium. In addition, the abundant and much-needed rainfall at the beginning of September - about 80 mm (3 inches) - changed the macroclimate substantially, bringing with it the significant differences in day and night-time temperatures that are so indispensable for producing a wide range of aromas and for the retention of acidity, as well as for the phenolic ripening of the grapes. Although there was a decline in average production of 10% - 15%, the heat wave did not scorch the clusters. The harvest, which was interrupted by only two rainy days on 28th and 29th September, ended on October 17th. We expect wines with fine varietal expression, good acid content and structure.
[90 pts Wine Spectator] Corvina Rondinella Sangiovese. Densely packed on the nose with currants flowers minerals and oak. Medium-to-full bodied with spicy dried fruit flavors firm tannins and a long minerally finish.
The Allegrini family estate encompasses 70 hectares of vineyard situated in the heart of the Valpolicella Classico area. The Allegrini family has been growing grapes in Valpolicella for several generations and 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. The Palazzo della Torre vineyard in Fumane di Valpolicella encompasses 26.39 hectares of east-facing read more...vineyard planted between 1962-1989, situated 240m above sea level. Allegrini purchased this vineyard in 1978. The soil is mostly cretaceous and calcareous. The vines on the Palazzo della Torre vineyard are trained in the traditional Pergola system, with about 3000 vines/ha. This red blend is deep, ruby red in colour, with intense perfumes of cherry-chocolate on the nose. On the palate the wine has good depth and power, with a hint of dried cherries from the ‘ripasso’ vinification. Smooth and fullbodied, with a rounder style, lower acidity and fuller structure than a Valpolicella Classico. (hide)
8/10 - Discovered by Chris and Kate. Runs about $20. Dad gets for $16 by case. Light with smokey, cherry, vanilla flavor.
deep ruby red. goes well with firm nutty Italian cheese.
With Emily and Craig over for dinner with our new dining table!
nice, food friendly, affordable amarone like wine.
olive-y aftertaste. solid drinking wine
Straw wine from northern italy
with Christel at Ambrosia
Larry fron tenafly
Wine BuyerDense and deep ruby red in color, Palazzo della Torre is loaded with luscious aromas of currant, blackberry and licorice.