Allegrini Valpolicella and Palazzo Della Torre

Allegrini, Valpolicella DOC 2007 This wine has been consistently refreshingly full of acidity. This vintage smells of cherries and the forest floor. The earthy note carries over in the mouth with tart acidity and a bit of grip. 60% Corvina, 35% Rondinella and 5% Molinara. Estate bottled in Fumane di Valpolicella 13% $16.99 at Traverso’s

Allegrini, Veronese IGT, Palazzo Della Torre 2005 The ’05 smells of fresh and dried fruits, sweet-appearing. In the mouth their is a richness of fruit and plenty of extract, a bit of earthy complexity and a long finish. 70% Corvina, 25% Rondinella and 5% Sangiovese are harvested from the Palazzo Della Torre vineyard. 70% of the crop is harvested in early September and vinified straight away while the rest is harvested in late October and dries until just after Christmas. These dried grapes are reintroduced to the young wine and another ferment kicks off in early January, adding body and richness to the final wine. Aged in oak for 15 months. Estate Bottled in Fumane di Valpolicella 13.5% purchased for $19.99 at Bottle Barn in April 2010.


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Ray Johnson is the Executive Director of the Wine Business Institute at Sonoma State University. He writes about food and wine, his travels and the business of wine. He makes his home in Sonoma County, California.
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